Friarage future to be discussed at Richmond event

The third in a series of drop-in events about the future of the Friarage Hospital will be held in Richmond on Saturday.

Members of the public are welcome to call into the Town Hall in the Market Place any time between 1.30pm and 3.30pm to find out more about some of the challenges facing the hospital.

NHS officials say recruitment difficulties are impacting on a number of departments at the hospital including critical care, overnight anaesthetic cover and accident and emergency.

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The purpose of our drop-in events is to gather feedback and thoughts on how South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust can deliver safe and sustainable services in the long-term from our Friarage Hospital site.

Around 120 people have already attended our first two engagement events in Northallerton and Hawes.

Richmond councillor Lorraine Hodgson said: “It is really important to attend the meetings.

“The meetings will have videos of the reasons why the hospital is in decline and there will be plenty of people to talk to. I can not express how important it is for you to say what you want to keep.”

A spokesperson for the trust said: “We would also like to discuss what other services might be developed at the Friarage Hospital to further improve the care we provide.”

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