Fit 4 the Future - Richmondshire Fit 4 the Future - Richmondshire

Fit 4 the Future in Richmondshire is an ambitious vision for re-shaping the way health and social care is provided in the area. 


  • Keep the Friarage Hospital at the centre of healthcare for the people of Richmondshire.
  • Address the immediate issues of the urgent care pathway.
  • Ensure that treating people at, or near to home, is a viable option wherever possible.
  • Work together across the system to shift the focus from illness to wellness.
  • Assess the future purpose of the community hospitals.
  • Create a step change in the integration of health and social care.
  • Radically rethink the delivery of health and care in rural areas, including the use of technology.
  • Radically rethink and take opportunities to reform our workforce.

The Dales project

How challenging do you think it is for people in the Yorkshire Dales to get to hospital appointments? 

We've created a film which demonstrates how much of a distance it actually is from Hawes, right up in the Dales, to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. That's a distance of 56 miles and a travel time of an hour and a half (on a good day). We've speeded up the film, of course. 

And this is for someone who drives! Using public transport will present even greater challenges, and turns a trip to hospital for an appointment into more of a day out.

Therefore, HRW CCG is working with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North Yorkshire County Council to examine how more care can be provided closer to home for people in the Dales.