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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.
A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is now up and running at the Friarage Hospital – thanks to the phenomenal support of the people of North Yorkshire.
The radiology team scanned their first patients in April on the diagnostic equipment which, when fully operational, will treat 22 patients a day, seven days a week.
The opening is a milestone for South Tees Hospitals Charity which launched a fundraising campaign to bring a scanner to the Northallerton hospital and has, to date, raised in excess of £1.4million.
We’re delighted to say that our joint plans with Macmillan Cancer Support for a new multi-million pound cancer centre at the Friarage Hospital have been approved by Hambleton District Council.
North Yorkshire-based philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden is jointly funding the project with Macmillan. This is his third similar project in partnership with the charity. The building would be known as the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.
It is expected the building will cost in the region of £10 million, creating a modern, state-of-the-art facility for patients, carers and relatives. Facilities will include: