Friarage Hospital consultation will start in September

A public consultation into the future of children's and maternity services to start in September Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

A public consultation, into the future of children's and maternity services at a North Yorkshire hospital, will start in September.

There have been campaigns against plans which would reduce the services available at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt turned down campaigners' requests for a full review.

The consultation will run for three months and the public will be asked their opinion on the following two options:

Option 1

· Investing in a midwifery-led maternity unit (MLU) for women with low-risk births, at the Friarage Hospital and continuing to provide community midwifery and outpatient services locally.

· Expand activity levels at both James Cook University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital who are well prepared to additional capacity at their consultant led units.

· Provide children’s outpatient services at the Friarage Hospital with support from community services and inpatient paediatric facilities at James Cook University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

· Developing a Paediatric Short Stay Assessment Unit (PSSAU) (so children can still be seen by the appropriate clinician), as well as community paediatric nursing, paediatric outpatient service and more specialist paediatric services at James Cook University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital for neonates.


Option 2

· Investing in a midwifery-led maternity unit (MLU) for women with low-risk births, at the Friarage Hospital and continuing to provide community midwifery and outpatient services locally.

· Expand activity levels at both James Cook University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital who are well prepared to additional capacity at their consultant led units.

· Provide children’s outpatient services at the Friarage Hospital with support from community services and inpatient paediatric facilities at James Cook University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital.