Friary Hospital ward to remain closed until at least June

The Friary Hospital, Richmond.

The Victoria Ward at the Friary Hospital is to remain closed until at least June, NHS bosses say.

The ward at the Richmond hospital was shut to new patients in August last year because of problems with the water supply.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, says work on the supply has now finished.

The trust said in a statement: “NHS Property Services is now working with the building’s landlord to complete the additional work that needs to take place elsewhere in the building before the ward can again re-open to inpatients.

“NHS Property Services has informed the trust that it currently expects this additional work to finish in June.

“Our clinical teams are looking forward to welcoming patients to the Victoria Ward when this work elsewhere in the building has been completed.”


  1. Victoria Ward is an important facility in the town for vulnerable and frail people to recover after discharge from hospital before being able to cope at home. It’s unbelievable such a straightforward repair can take so long. Someone has been asleep on the job.

  2. NHS Property Services are an absolute waste of time. The only justification for this is their total lack of concern and attention over the past few years. They should be abolished.
    Amazingly they seem very happy to cause bed blocking with no concerns for the local community.

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