The operational plans to support the urgent temporary changes announced for the Friarage Hospital for 27 March are now being put in place to ensure that the changes happen safely, with minimal impact on patients and local communities and North Yorkshire’s Scrutiny of Health committee have today been updated on the changes.
Over the last 18 months, following public engagement, consultants at the Friarage have developed an innovative new model, to provide acute medical services in a small rural hospital. During this public engagement South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust stated its intent to go out to full public consultation on this model. However, the Trust has now been overtaken by events and needs to make some temporary changes to critical care services at the Friarage Hospital.
Please be aware that there will be disruption to Arriva bus services this week which will affect services in North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Teesside and Durham.
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.