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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.
Recent developments such as introducing lung cancer surgery, the opening of our MRI Scanner and the start of work on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, show our commitment to delivering as many services as possible from our Northallerton site.
Over £40million has been invested in the hospital over the past 15 years by the Trust, with support from NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG and the Friends of the Friarage.
Going forward we need to make sure that emergency care services at the Friarage Hospital continue to be safe. We have some very real challenges in recruiting A&E doctors and anaesthetists which is making it difficult to maintain some of these services.
We are seeking your views on how we can provide these services in the long term and would like to discuss what other services might be developed at the Friarage.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has extended ward visiting hours to enable family and friends to see patients at any time during the day. The new patient centred approach, which launched on Monday 1 October, welcomes visitors during daytime hours – providing it is what the patient wants and needs.