NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissiong Group along with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a public consultation event to discuss the future of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
fficials 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
The third in a series of events takes place at Catterick Village Booth Memorial Institute, 32 High Street, Catterick, DL10 7LD on Monday 7 October between 2pm and 4pm.
You can sign up for the event by visiting www.friarageconsultation.eventbrite.com or by calling 01609 531397 if you do not have access to the internet.
If you are not able to attend the event you can share your views via this survey: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=156752408527