James Cook University Hospital

District General Hospital | Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Hospital description

The James Cook University Hospital is a district general hospital for around 300,000 people living in Middlesbrough and the local authority area of Redcar and Cleveland. It is one of Europe’s most modern hospitals (and the largest of its type) with a wide range of district general hospital services and specialist (tertiary) services including neurosurgery, renal medicine, major trauma, vascular surgery and cancer services.

The James Cook University Hospital merged with the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, in April 2002. The Friarage Hospital provided a district general hospital service for a population of 122,000, stretching 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.

The 7,000-strong workforce provides a range of highly specialist services extending to 1.5 million people in Teesside and parts of Cumbria, Durham, and North Yorkshire.

These services include treating heart disease, cancer, renal services, neurology, and neurosurgery. The newest of these services is the North of England Spinal Injuries Centre. The hospital is also a cancer centre and a cancer unit for the common cancers and the focus for the Cancer Care Alliance of Teesside, South Durham, and North Yorkshire.

Currently, work is underway on a £35million cancer redevelopment at the north end of the site which will provide some of the best facilities in Europe. The scheme is expected to be completed in the winter of 2011.

James Cook has strong links with the Universities of Newcastle and Durham. The southern campus for the University of Newcastle and Durham Medical Schools pre-clinical teaching programme is now located locally in a purpose built campus at Stockton-on-Tees. As a university hospital, there is a teaching and training programme, and a new clinical sciences research facility.

The hospital is located within easy distance of Whitby and some beautiful locations in the North York Moors; it is also located in the home town of Captain James Cook (hence its name). The hospital is within walking distance of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and the Captain Cook Heritage Trail, which allows visitors to map the childhood of Captain Cook from his birthplace in Marton, through his youth in Great Ayton, to the ports in Whitby.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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