It’s great to meet the people raising funds for us but, at times, but there are a couple of myths and rumours circulating about the MRI Scanner Appeal. So, once and for all, we’re going to attempt to put the record straight!

I’ve heard the new scanner is going to be housed at The James Cook University and the Friarage is getting a second-hand one?

This Appeal is purely for the Friarage Hospital which remains an integral part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Having a new scanner will also help to ensure our diagnostic services can meet future growing demand and allow us to increase our diagnostic and research capacity, which is good news for patients.

Why raise money – the Friarage is going to close…

There has been lots of speculation – and general anxiety – among patients and the wider public that the Friarage Hospital will close.

The truth is the Friarage is a vital part of our trust, and working with GPs – and staff across both acute hospital sites – we have been able to bring in many new skills and services in recent years, which offer more locally delivered care for many people.

Some recent examples in the last year include:

  • Opening of the ambulatory care and OHPAT (outpatient and home parenteral antimicrobial treatment) unit – an innovative service which allows emergency patients, who would usually have to stay overnight in hospital, to be treated as outpatients – or even in their own homes.
  • Investing in telemedicine for our clinicians at the Friarage, which is really important given that rurality across the area is a challenge
  • Investment in community nurses, therapists and fast response team workers to support admission avoidance and facilitate timely discharge
  • Reviewing the medical workforce model, investing in acute physicians and developing the role of the ‘GP hospitalists’
  • Continuing to develop community integrated care teams across health and social care
  • The Friarage Maternity Unit receiving UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative for the promotion of breastfeeding.
  • The sleep service introducing new wireless technology so the team can monitor patients on home therapy who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea.