Friarage gets £35.5m to build new operating theatre block

The Friarage Hospital’s operating theatres are to be replaced and the number increased.

As part of a national announcement about investment in 50 surgical hubs around the UK to tackle the Covid 19-related backlog, the Friarage Hospital is to receive £35.5m to build a new operating theatre block.

The increased capacity will almost double the number of planned operations carried out on the site from 5,000 to just under 10,000 a year.

The plans for the Friarage will see the hospital’s six existing operating theatres replaced with a modern surgical hub that will include six main operating theatres, two minor operating theatres and a surgical admission and day unit.

Rishi Sunak MP, who has worked with the Friarage’s doctors and the hospital managers to bring the plan to this stage, said: “This is just brilliant news for the all the hospital’s doctors, staff and patients who love the Friarage so much.

“We are incredibly proud of the hospital and this announcement repays the faith of everyone who has worked hard to develop services there and to ensure it has a sustainable future.”

The announcement is the latest in a series of investments in the Northallerton hospital.

These include:

  • A £5m rapid diagnostics centre (due to open shortly).
  • A new education centre (under construction)

New services that have come on stream in recent years include

  • The £10m Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • A new eye unit
  • A new dialysis unit

Mr Sunak added: “The Friarage has been my number one local priority ever since I was first elected as the MP for this area seven years ago. This announcement is a statement of confidence in the hospital’s future.

“We are seeing more people treated here, at our local hospital, and that’s a huge benefit for patients in this very rural area who value the services provided locally at the Friarage so much.”