Consultation on future of Friarage to restart after General Election

The Friarage Hospital.

Consultation events on the future of the Friarage Hospital will restart this week.

The exercise was due to be completed in December, however it was postponed due to the General Election.

The deadline for responses is now January 17 extended until 17 January 2020.

Extra consultation events have been scheduled.

The drop-in events will take place at Northallerton Town Hall on Saturday, January 11 from 10am to 12pm and on Saturday, January 17 from 10.15am to 12.15pm.

Officials say the local NHS has faced a number of challenges in recent years, including a shortage of key emergency staff that has affected the trust’s ability to provide safe 24-hour, high quality A&E, anaesthetic overnight cover and critical care services from the hospital.

However, they say that a new vision for the Friarage Hospital would safeguard services and ensure local people continue to have access to high quality and safe urgent and emergency care.

HS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG is consulting on this vision, which contains two preferred options for urgent and emergency care provision.

Those options are:-

1. Replacing the emergency department with a 24/7 Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) supported by a responsive front-of-house emergency medical model, dealing with approximately 90 per cent of urgent and emergency presentations (the same model that’s currently in operation as part of the temporary arrangements introduced at the Friarage Hospital in March 2019)

2. Replacing the emergency department with an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) of the same configuration as above, but closed between midnight and 8am

Residents can also complete a survey on-line here.

For more details on the consultation exercise click here.