Building a sustainable future for the Friarage Building a sustainable future for the Friarage

An essential part of local health care provision

Since 2002, the Friarage Hospital has been – and continues to be – an essential part of the local health service 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.

Over £40million has been invested in the Friarage estate over the 15 years with support from the main provider of services, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the CCG and the Friends of the Friarage.

More recent developments such as introducing lung cancer surgery on site, the opening of the MRI Scanner and the opening of The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, reflect the commitment to delivering safe and sustainable services to the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and the surrounding area.

Being one of the smallest hospitals in the country, the Friarage has had to adapt and change its service delivery models over time as more specialist services move to the larger, tertiary sites and have therefore needed to be innovative in both service redesign and the attraction and retention of the clinical workforce.

The Trust is experiencing workforce challenges that are impacting on a number of key services including Accident and Emergency, Critical Care and anaesthetics cover overnight.

A three-month engagement programme led by the Trust took place from October to December 2017 inviting as many people as possible in the community to join in a discussion about the current challenges faced with a view to working together to develop a long term sustainable future for the Friarage.

You can also take a look at all the awards and achievements from the Friarage Hospital over the last 15 years:

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Learn more about the challenges faced by the Friarage Hospital and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by watching this video: