How the trust fits into the local and national NHS structure

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley serving the people of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Hambleton and Richmondshire and beyond.

South entrance James Cook Hospital

We pride ourselves on patients receiving high quality, safe and efficient healthcare thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

The trust provides healthcare from two main sites – The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton – as well as managing seven primary care and community hospitals in the area. The trust acts as a district general hospital for:

  • around 274,000 people living in Middlesbrough and the local authority area of Redcar and Cleveland
  • 124,000 people in an area stretching from the North Yorkshire Moors to the central Pennines, the borders of York District in the south and the borders of Darlington in the north

Our 8,888-strong workforce also provide a range of specialist services to 1.5million people in the Tees Valley and parts of Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, with a particular expertise in heart disease, trauma, neurosciences, renal services and spinal injuries. In 2011/12 our annual budget was £424million.

The James Cook University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals – with a wide range of specialties on one site – of its type in Europe. In May 2012, HRH Princess Alexandra opened the Endeavour unit – a cancer centre housing three leading edge linear accelerators. The unit is part of a £35m investment programme in cancer services within the trust. In 2006, the trust completed a £21million redevelopment at the Friarage Hospital, where we host the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit, a partnership which has gone from strength to strength.

We are continuing to build on our links with the Universities of Teesside, Durham and Newcastle and have a purpose-built Institute of Learning, Research and Innovation with medical students doing their clinical placements on site.

We also continue to see more patients each year and in 2011/12 saw:

  • 180,988 people as inpatients or for their day case procedure (178,475 in 2010/11)
  • 477,253 outpatients (new and review) ( in 2010/11)
  • 81,404 emergency admissions (79, 115 in 2010/11)
  • 127,781 people attending accident and emergency (125,726 in 2010/11)

The trust is also the host site for the County Durham and Tees Valley Local Clinical Research Network and a host site for the North East Research Design Service, reaffirming our commitment to training, life-long learning and research.

As a Foundation Trust we have more than 5,000 members (excluding staff members).

Our fundamental core values are:

  • Putting the needs of patients at the centre of everything we do
  • Continuously seeking to improve the services we deliver to patients
  • Supporting, respecting and valuing each other