Plans announced to downgrade services at Friarage Hospital, Northallerton

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton

HEALTH bosses have today announced plans to end consultant-led maternity services and 24-hour paediatric services at Northallerton ’s Friarage Hospital.

Following months of protests by people across North Yorkshire, including a mass-march through Northallerton, a huge petition and a series of public meetings, NHS Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published its recommendation for the future of the Friarage.

The CCG’s preferred options are:

*Running a midwifery led maternity unit, including a community midwifery and outpatient service; 

*Running a short stay paediatric children’s assessment unit including a community nursing and outpatient service.

The group said that of the two other options put forward, keeping a consultant-led paediatric and maternity service would require significant investment and would still be fragile in terms of sustainability.

It said that providing a paediatric outpatient service only (no assessment unit) with enhanced community services, whilst offering a midwifery-led maternity service, would be too restrictive in terms of patient access to services.

Richmond MP William Hague, who has led opposition to the changes, said: “I am disappointed that the CCG have not been able to find a unique solution to the challenges facing the hospital and I continue to encourage them to set out a clear and positive vision for the Friarage Hospital.

"We must maintain our opposition to these changes and I call on the trust and CCG to ensure these vitally important local services are maintained.”

Dr Vicky Pleydell, shadow accountable officer at the CCG, said: “We have spent the last few weeks analysing all the data we have collected on the Friarage and the options available to us.

“After careful consideration, our council of members, made up of all local GPs, has recommended an option that would see a midwifery led maternity unit and an short stay paediatric assessment unit at The Friarage.

“We will recommend to the Primary Care Trust Board that this is our preferred option, along with the other two options we feel are less suitable, then we will be running a public consultation.

“We know children’s and maternity services at the Friarage have been facing issues for some time and this option means that women can still have low risk births at the Friarage and children can still be assessed by the appropriate clinician.

“Our duty is to commission the safest, most high quality services and clinical evidence tells us that this option will allow us to do this, whilst ensuring we remain within our allocation of funding.”

The paper detailing the recommendation will be taken to the CCG’s Shadow Governing Body, at a meeting held in public, on Monday, September 17 for discussion and approval.

Following that meeting, the recommendation will be discussed by the board of primary care trust NHS North Yorkshire and York at its meeting on September 25.

The board will decide the final options for public consultation, which would take place over 14 weeks.

*Monday’s meeting will take place from 10am to 12pm at The Main Hall, Hambleton Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton. There will be a 20 minute question and answer session at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to ask questions.

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1:05pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Lairey hutch says...

Another nail in the coffin for the Friarage x what a terrible shame this once wonderful little 3 star trust is being wound up and reduced to little more than a cottage hospital x
Another nail in the coffin for the Friarage x what a terrible shame this once wonderful little 3 star trust is being wound up and reduced to little more than a cottage hospital x Lairey hutch
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3:04pm Tue 11 Sep 12

agnusm says...

The fate of the Friarage was decided months ago, they had no intention of changing their minds even with all the protests from the public, the South Tees Trust have done nothing more than strip the friarage of all its assets leaving its future in doubt, they have totally demoralised all the staff working there, wondering if their jobs are safe. which services are they going to reduce next whatever it is it will be done in the usual underhanded manner with little or no regard the local people and staff who rely on the Friarage.
The fate of the Friarage was decided months ago, they had no intention of changing their minds even with all the protests from the public, the South Tees Trust have done nothing more than strip the friarage of all its assets leaving its future in doubt, they have totally demoralised all the staff working there, wondering if their jobs are safe. which services are they going to reduce next whatever it is it will be done in the usual underhanded manner with little or no regard the local people and staff who rely on the Friarage. agnusm
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Tue 11 Sep 12

hullgodfreyshire says...

this is what is happening all round the country, this tory goverment are trying to privatize ALL NHS hospitals, and now with HUNT the useless in charge it will only get worse, as for hague the vague, he is as much a hypocrite as that idiot camMORON, YOU VOTED FOR HIM NOW YOU REAP THE RESULT.
this is what is happening all round the country, this tory goverment are trying to privatize ALL NHS hospitals, and now with HUNT the useless in charge it will only get worse, as for hague the vague, he is as much a hypocrite as that idiot camMORON, YOU VOTED FOR HIM NOW YOU REAP THE RESULT. hullgodfreyshire
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Tue 11 Sep 12

sammy d says...

whats the point of a public consultation its a load of crap hague should be ashamed its the torys thats brought this on with the cut backs, just like her thats mp for the wear valley they could not care one bit as long as they have got thier fat arses in the house of commons
whats the point of a public consultation its a load of crap hague should be ashamed its the torys thats brought this on with the cut backs, just like her thats mp for the wear valley they could not care one bit as long as they have got thier fat arses in the house of commons sammy d
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Tue 11 Sep 12

NO EINSTEIN says...

Don't get me wrong here but i was looking at the other news stories today, and apparently were throwing away nearly 3 billion on nuclear submarine up-grades etc, THIS WE DO NOT NEED,
why the h--l are we doing this massive waste of money, then closing hospitals, it just doesn't make any sense.
Who agrees to this sort of spending on pointless defence systems we would never use, i never voted for it, did you ????
God help us, lets home the homeless, and treat the sick, etc etc, before we waste our money on such a shame.
Don't get me wrong here but i was looking at the other news stories today, and apparently were throwing away nearly 3 billion on nuclear submarine up-grades etc, THIS WE DO NOT NEED, why the h--l are we doing this massive waste of money, then closing hospitals, it just doesn't make any sense. Who agrees to this sort of spending on pointless defence systems we would never use, i never voted for it, did you ???? God help us, lets home the homeless, and treat the sick, etc etc, before we waste our money on such a shame. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Robert_ says...

When has a 'committee' ever changed its mind as the result of a protest? What needs to happen is a politician or one of the faceless suits that make these decisions has to be a direct victim of these cuts. Of course they will all have private health so have no idea how things like this affect normal people
When has a 'committee' ever changed its mind as the result of a protest? What needs to happen is a politician or one of the faceless suits that make these decisions has to be a direct victim of these cuts. Of course they will all have private health so have no idea how things like this affect normal people Robert_
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7:05pm Tue 11 Sep 12

davemlds says...

worked for the nhs for 37.5 years i have to hear the the truth come out there mouths
worked for the nhs for 37.5 years i have to hear the the truth come out there mouths davemlds
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7:29pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

The fate of the Friarage was decided long before the "options"were made public.It is being replicated,nation-wi
de.and is all part of the"long game"the end target being...well,I'll give you three guesses,in case you're slow on the uptake.The appointment of Jeremy Hunt(a major proponent of PRIVATE health care and universal health insurance,should give you a few hints.
Our NHS is finished.Get used to the idea,or get off your backsides and ACT.Join up to 38 Degrees or something.!!
The fate of the Friarage was decided long before the "options"were made public.It is being replicated,nation-wi de.and is all part of the"long game"the end target being...well,I'll give you three guesses,in case you're slow on the uptake.The appointment of Jeremy Hunt(a major proponent of PRIVATE health care and universal health insurance,should give you a few hints. Our NHS is finished.Get used to the idea,or get off your backsides and ACT.Join up to 38 Degrees or something.!! Idontknowaboutyoubut
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7:31pm Tue 11 Sep 12

bishop1 says...

sounds very similar to the way they killed our hospital & made it into the biggest waste of 67 million quid .
sounds very similar to the way they killed our hospital & made it into the biggest waste of 67 million quid . bishop1
  • Score: 0

8:03pm Tue 11 Sep 12

NO EINSTEIN says...

hullgodfreyshire wrote:
this is what is happening all round the country, this tory goverment are trying to privatize ALL NHS hospitals, and now with HUNT the useless in charge it will only get worse, as for hague the vague, he is as much a hypocrite as that idiot camMORON, YOU VOTED FOR HIM NOW YOU REAP THE RESULT.
So what's the answer do you think, (serious question)

Chris
[quote][p][bold]hullgodfreyshire[/bold] wrote: this is what is happening all round the country, this tory goverment are trying to privatize ALL NHS hospitals, and now with HUNT the useless in charge it will only get worse, as for hague the vague, he is as much a hypocrite as that idiot camMORON, YOU VOTED FOR HIM NOW YOU REAP THE RESULT.[/p][/quote]So what's the answer do you think, (serious question) Chris NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

8:04pm Tue 11 Sep 12

NO EINSTEIN says...

bishop1 wrote:
sounds very similar to the way they killed our hospital & made it into the biggest waste of 67 million quid .
You lie, surely !!!!
[quote][p][bold]bishop1[/bold] wrote: sounds very similar to the way they killed our hospital & made it into the biggest waste of 67 million quid .[/p][/quote]You lie, surely !!!! NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Tue 11 Sep 12

sammy d says...

yes i agree bishop1 you can only go to bagh if you have nowt more than a bee or wasp sting and when you think about it before they built this white elephant all major trauma that occured in the wear valley area was dealt with at this hospital
yes i agree bishop1 you can only go to bagh if you have nowt more than a bee or wasp sting and when you think about it before they built this white elephant all major trauma that occured in the wear valley area was dealt with at this hospital sammy d
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11:29pm Tue 11 Sep 12

bishop1 says...

sammy d wrote:
yes i agree bishop1 you can only go to bagh if you have nowt more than a bee or wasp sting and when you think about it before they built this white elephant all major trauma that occured in the wear valley area was dealt with at this hospital
exactly my point , dare bet if someone collapsed in the hospital car park at bishop they would be sent to darlo in an ambulance .
[quote][p][bold]sammy d[/bold] wrote: yes i agree bishop1 you can only go to bagh if you have nowt more than a bee or wasp sting and when you think about it before they built this white elephant all major trauma that occured in the wear valley area was dealt with at this hospital[/p][/quote]exactly my point , dare bet if someone collapsed in the hospital car park at bishop they would be sent to darlo in an ambulance . bishop1
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Wed 12 Sep 12

hullgodfreyshire says...

it does not take an einstein to figure it out. VOTE THE IDIOTS OUT, OR BETTER STILL DON'T VOTE THEM IN IN THE FIRST PLACE.
it does not take an einstein to figure it out. VOTE THE IDIOTS OUT, OR BETTER STILL DON'T VOTE THEM IN IN THE FIRST PLACE. hullgodfreyshire
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Sun 16 Sep 12

loan_star says...

hullgodfreyshire wrote:
it does not take an einstein to figure it out. VOTE THE IDIOTS OUT, OR BETTER STILL DON'T VOTE THEM IN IN THE FIRST PLACE.
In that case nobody would get in power! They are all idiots!
[quote][p][bold]hullgodfreyshire[/bold] wrote: it does not take an einstein to figure it out. VOTE THE IDIOTS OUT, OR BETTER STILL DON'T VOTE THEM IN IN THE FIRST PLACE.[/p][/quote]In that case nobody would get in power! They are all idiots! loan_star
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Robert_ says...

There is no difference between the main parties any more, they are all the same. For the rest of my life I will be exercising my right to not vote.
There is no difference between the main parties any more, they are all the same. For the rest of my life I will be exercising my right to not vote. Robert_
  • Score: 0

11:07am Mon 17 Sep 12

jewitt says...

I'm afraid if you vote Tory you have to accept they will roll back the State.
I'm afraid if you vote Tory you have to accept they will roll back the State. jewitt
  • Score: 0

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