Patients transferred from Friary Hospital due to water supply problems

The Friary Hospital, Richmond.

Patients have had to be transferred from the Friary Hospital in Richmond due to water supply problems.

NHS officials say the patients in the Victoria ward have been taken to the Friarage in Northallerton because of the issues.

A South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “Problems with low internal water flow at
The Friary Community Hospital in Richmond are currently affecting patients’ washing and bathing facilities on the hospital’s Victoria Ward.

“As a result the building’s landlord, with the support of NHS Property Services, will be carrying out urgent work
to rectify the internal water pressure problems, which are currently preventing the full use of sinks and
showers on the ward.

“Other services provided at the Friary are unaffected and continuing as normal.

“While this work takes place Victoria Ward will be temporarily closed to new inpatient admissions and patients
currently using the ward will be safely transferred to the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton or, for those who
are ready to leave hospital, their next place of care.

“As work to resolve the water pressure problems is carried out NHS Property Services and the building’s
landlord will also be using the opportunity to undertake other maintenance on the ward.

“As soon as NHS Property Services and the building’s landlord have completed their work Victoria Ward will
again be receiving new patient admissions.”

It is not known when the problems will be resolved.