Hospital posts

The majority of our hospital posts are based at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.  We also have posts in in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics which are based between the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton and the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.  We also have two posts in Accident & Emergency and ENT in Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Friarage Hospital

The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, is a district general hospital serving a rural which covers an area of 1,000 square miles.  This area extends from the North Yorkshire moors to the central Pennines, the borders of York district in the south and the borders of Darlington in the north.

There is a continuous development and significant refurbishment programme of existing wards and services.  This includes the introduction of new services such as lung cancer surgery and the opening of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.

Partnership working

Our clinical services are organised through the trust's clinical directorates and staff often work on both sites.

We enjoy close links with the Ministry of Defence and are in partnership with them to provide medical care to military personnel and their families. Military doctors, nurses and scientists are fully integrated into the hospital service.

The hospital also benefits from strong local support and considerable public engagement. Many local charities and voluntary groups work within the hospital. Of particular note is the Friends’ of the Friarage charity which has provided considerable support over the years to aid the development of new services and advances in medical equipment.


We aim to meet the highest standards for patients and staff in a warm and welcoming environment.


We have a range of specialities on-site including:

Trauma and orthopaedics Elective orthopaedics, plastic surgery
Anaesthesia and theatres Pain services
Medicine Urgent Treatment Centre, diabetes, respiratory, cardiology, endoscopy (GI), chemotherapy, rheumatology
Surgery Breast unit,  surgical day unit, urology
Women and children Gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics
Pathology Blood transfusion, haematology, chemical pathology, histopathology, microbiology and infection control
Diagnostics A wide range of diagnostic and support functions are provided on site

Healing arts

The hospital has a Healing Arts charity and are delighted that the renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe has agreed to be patron of the project.


The hospital’s origins date back hundreds of years. Originally the Carmelite Friary operated in Northallerton from 1356 until 1539 and the Friarage currently stands on the site of the Friary.

It opened in 1939 as an emergency medical services hospital and its initial function was to receive casualties in the event of the bombing of the Teesside civilian population.

From 1943 until 1947, the hospital functioned as the Royal Air Force Hospital, Northallerton and in 1948 it was temporarily reopened as a satellite of the Adela Shaw Orthopaedic Children’s Hospital (based at Kirbymoorside). The hospital was renamed the ‘Friarage Hospital’ and came under the control of the newly formed National Health Service.

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