Following some media reports, local health commissioners, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) and service provider, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT) have released a statement on the A&E department at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said:
“We can absolutely confirm that the A&E department at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton is not closing.
“The CCG has been discussing current A&E provision at the Friarage Hospital since autumn 2015 in order to make it sustainable for the future.
“This work has led to a new clinical model being tested at the Friarage Hospital. The aim of this model is to integrate primary care, ambulance service and hospital based services to improve quality, resilience and sustainability.
“A “proof of concept” phase to test the new model started on 20 March 2017 and is due to continue until the end of June 2017.
“We must emphasise that members of the public needing to attend the Friarage Hospital’s A&E for urgent or emergency services can and should continue to do so.”
For enquiries contact HRW CCG Communications and Engagement on 01609 767621
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG is responsible for the planning and purchasing of the vast majority of health services across the area - this includes hospital care, mental health and community services. It includes a group of 22 GP practices serving a population of around 142,000 people.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley serving the people of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hambleton and Richmondshire and beyond. It provides acute services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.