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 population of 122,000 people. It serves an area of 1,000 square miles extending 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. 1,400 staff are employed on the Friarage Hospital site, which provides 230 beds.

A £21 million new development and significant refurbishment programme of existing wards has ensured we provide a modern environment for patients.

Partnership working

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

Some services provided at the Friarage Hospital are run by the local primary care trust - North Yorkshire and York PCT. Mental health facilities, rehabilitation, GP out-of-hours, physiotherapy and dentistry services are all provided locally at the hospital.

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.


The hospital underwent a £21 million redevelopment to replace older parts of the building with more modern facilities to meet the highest standards of comfort for patients and staff in a warm and welcoming environment. We have a range of specialities on-site including a new hospital block, which houses:

  • children’s ward
  • women’s health unit and gynaecology outpatients
  • maternity day unit and ultrasound
  • pathology laboratory
  • pharmacy

Private patient facilities are also provided in the Wensleydale suite and the hospital is a no smoking site.

Trauma and orthopaedics Elective orthopaedics, plastic surgery
Anaesthesia and theatres Pain services
Medicine Accident and emergency (24 hours service), intensive care/high dependency unit, diabetes, respiratory, cardiology, endoscopy (GI), coronary care unit, chemotherapy, rheumatology
Surgery Breast unit, colorectal surgery, 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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