An essential part of our organisation

Since 2002, the Friarage Hospital has been – and continues to be – an essential part of our organisation and an important point of delivery for the community. It is one of the smallest district general hospitals in the country and has 189 inpatient beds.

Over £40million has been invested in the Friarage estate over the 15 years with support from the Trust, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG and the Friends of the Friarage.

More recent developments such as introducing lung cancer surgery on site, the opening of our MRI Scanner and work beginning on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, reflect our commitment to delivering safe and sustainable services to the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and the surrounding area from our Northallerton site.

Being one of the smallest hospitals in the country, the Friarage has had to adapt and change its service delivery models over time as more specialist services move to the larger, tertiary sites and have therefore needed to be innovative in both service redesign and the attraction and retention of the clinical workforce.

Currently we have some workforce challenges that are starting to impact on a number of key services including Accident and Emergency, Critical Care and anaesthetics cover overnight.

We would like to now involve as many people as possible in the community we serve to join us in a discussion about the current challenges we face with a view to working together to develop a long term sustainable future for the Friarage.

Next event

We understand people want to see care as close to their home as possible. We share that commitment but also need to be realistic about the challenges we face and the services people need. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to understand the issues facing the Friarage and to get involved as we build our sustainable future.

We are now holding a series of drop-in events across the area where you can come along at any time to pick up some information and talk to staff about our current challenges and help deliver a sustainable long term future for the Friarage.

The next event takes place on:

  • Saturday 21 October – Richmond Town Hall – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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15 years of the Friarage

It has been 15 years since the Friarage Hospital became an integral part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During that time we have been working with GPs and our commissioners, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCC, to bring in many new skills and services which offer more locally delivered care for many patients…

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