Patients are admitted to Victoria Ward at The Friary for a variety of reasons including:
- Acute illness
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation following general surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Monitoring of new drug therapy or convalescence to enable discharge plans to be completed
Water flow repairs – 2 August 2022
Problems with low internal water flow at The Friary Community Hospital in Richmond are currently affecting patients’ washing and bathing facilities on the hospital’s Victoria Ward.
As a result the building’s landlord, with the support of NHS Property Services, will be carrying out urgent work to rectify the internal water pressure problems, which are currently preventing the full use of sinks and showers on the ward.
Other services provided at the Friary are unaffected and continuing as normal.
While this work takes place Victoria Ward will be temporarily closed to new inpatient admissions and patients currently using the ward will be safely transferred to the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton or, for those who are ready to leave hospital, their next place of care.
As work to resolve the water pressure problems is carried out NHS Property Services and the building’s landlord will also be using the opportunity to undertake other maintenance on the ward.
As soon as NHS Property Services and the building’s landlord have completed their work Victoria Ward will again be receiving new patient admissions.
As well as inpatient services South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation trust also provides the following services from The Friary.
- Outpatient clinics
- Physiotherapy department
- Drop-in audiology
- X-ray department
- Speech therapy
GP medical cover
Medical cover is also provided by GPs.
If you need to see a GP, please do not use the Victoria Ward switchboard or Friary clinics number.
Eight practices use the facilities regularly and three practices by negotiation. An occupational therapist and a physiotherapist support the nursing team.
The trust works jointly with North Yorkshire social services to provide an intermediate care facility.
Suitable clients are able to benefit from a proactive rehabilitation programme for up to six weeks.
This involves occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and is supported by a team of dedicated healthcare assistants who initiative the programme. The day unit has facilities for up to ten patients at a time to attend for day care and is available on Monday and Wednesday.
- Mental health
- Family planning
- Access to TV
- Public telephone
- Wheelchair access
- Disabled parking