Building a sustainable future for the Friarage

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A programme of engagement is starting today about the development of a long term, sustainable plan for the Friarage Hospital.

“Building a Sustainable Future for the Friarage” will start with an event for community representatives today (Wednesday 4 October).

The event will give those present the opportunity to understand some key challenges facing the Friarage Hospital, to share their views and to explore opportunities to begin to develop what a sustainable future could look like in the next 10 to 15 years.

This is against a background of a number of challenges including recruitment difficulties which are impacting on some key service areas such as critical care, overnight anaesthetic cover and accident and emergency.

The workshop at Hambleton Forum will provide an opportunity to:

  • Share our current challenges so we can start a conversation about how these might be addressed and to help shape any proposals going forward.
  • Gather feedback and thoughts on how South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust can deliver safe and sustainable services in the long-term from our Friarage site, given the challenges we face.

It will be followed by a series of drop-in events across Hambleton and Richmondshire between October and December, where local people will have the opportunity to find out more and share their views.

Dr Adrian Clements, Medical Director at the Friarage Hospital said: “It is important that the local population know that the Friarage Hospital is, and will remain, an integral part of our organisation and a key point of service delivery.

“However, there are a number of challenges that we have to address. Nationally, health services across the country have had to adapt to changing population needs with an increasing number of frail older people, ever improving clinical standards and recruitment difficulties in some specialties.

“As one of the smallest hospitals in the country, the Friarage will always be more vulnerable to these national challenges due to its size. Our main concerns are around the long term sustainability of some clinical areas where patients need round the clock urgent care from experienced medical staff.”

He added: “We hope this event will help start a wider discussion about these pressures and help us shape a plan for the future to meet the needs of the population. This means being realistic about the challenges we face, but also exploring opportunities to further improve the care we provide.”

Over the coming months the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, of which the Friarage Hospital is a part, will also be meeting with a range of partner organisations, community and patient groups so that their views can be taken into account.

A list of drop-in events is available here.