Artist’s impression released of planned Friarage Hospital surgical hub

The first images of the Friarage Hospital’s planned surgical hub have been released today by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Last month the Department of Health and Social Care gave the greenlight for £35.5million of NHS investment to be earmarked for the creation of the new modern operating theatres at the Northallerton hospital.

The creation of the state-of-the-art surgical hub at the Friarage will enable the hospital to almost double the number of planned operations it carries out each year from just over 5,000 to almost 10,000.

The new surgical hub is planned to be built on the site of the existing Mowbray building which is more than 60 years old and is due to be demolished.

The detailed plans for the new theatres have been led by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s experienced clinicians and a full business case is now being prepared for the next phase of regional and national NHS approvals before they are given the final go-ahead.

In the meantime, the scheme has already been granted outline planning permission by Hambleton District Council and this week a full planning application for new hub is due to be submitted.

James Dunbar, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical collaborative chair for the Friarage and community services, said: “The Friarage is thriving and new surgical hub is just the latest in a series of clinically-led developments at the hospital which will serve our patients for decades to come.”


  1. A real shame that we have no A&E that is the CV real story here wish our local MP ould lobby to reinstate the E&A rather that except the failure

  2. Thats great news but what about opening the AE again. People are waiting far to long at other hospitals that can not cope with the extra patients. DMH AE wasn’t built to take the volume of people. The staff try there hardest. I have had to use both DMH and James Cook several times with family I was very grateful. But I can drive.

  3. This hub is for day surgery for things like knee replacement and the like so to make it easier on james cook.

    What would be easier aswell would be a A&E so less need for James cook if ambulances could go to the frirage to stabilise the patient then move them on if need save people in upper Dales and moors, Catterick is building a hospital for soldiers only why not combine the 2 for the Vale of mowbray and York and Yorkshire dalesand purpose build for better use so even in war the hospital is used.

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