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Emergency exercise at North Yorkshire hospital

Medics, the military and the emergency services are taking part in a major exercise to see how they would cope in the evacuation of a hospital.

Around 140 people are involved in the operation at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, where a disused ward has been filled with smoke to simulate a fire.

Doctors, nurses, the Fire Service and Ambulance Service are working to evacuate the ward, which has been filled with hospital staff playing the roles of patients.

The exercise director says they are aiming to create as real a scenario as possible so the teams are equipped to deal with an actual emergency.

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Public consultation into Friarage Hospital services set to begin

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 public consultation into services at the Friarage Hospital begins next week Credit: ITV News

The consultation is expected to last for 12 weeks.

Campaigners continue fight for the Friarage Hospital

Campaigners say they'll continue to fight proposals to downgrade children's and maternity services at a North Yorkshire hospital.

Their pledge comes after the Health Secretary's decision not to order an independent investigation into the plans for The Friarage in Northallerton.

The group proposing the changes is welcoming Jeremy Hunt's decision, but patients say they feel let down.

Response to Health Secretary's Letter on Friarage Consultation

Dr. Vicky Pleydell, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

"We are extremely pleased that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel has agreed we need to take action around the issues facing the children's and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

"The Secretary of State has given us the go ahead to start the consultation and this shows he has confidence in the process we have followed so far."

– Dr. Vicky Pleydell, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

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DfH statement on Friarage Hospital decision

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has decided against ordering an independent investigation into proposals to reduce children's and maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.

A Department for Health spokesperson confirmed Mr Hunt's decision in a statement, which said:

"The Health Secretary agrees with the advice of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel that there should now be local consultation on the planned changes to children’s and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital.

"This will give local people and stakeholders the opportunity to look at all viable options and give their view in a fair, open and rigorous process that seeks the best possible solution.”

– Spokesperson, Department for Health

Health Secretary says 'no' to Friarage investigation

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has announced that he will not order an independent investigation into proposals to reduce children's and maternity services at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.

Consultation on the future of services will now go ahead at a local level. However, campaigners fighting to save the unit say Mr Hunt's decision is "devastating" and that the consultation only offers options which would scale back the hospital's services and not maintain them.

Campaigners added that they had hoped Mr Hunt would intervene, and describe his decision not to as a bitter blow.

Save our Friarage candidate wins Richmond seat

Save our Friarage candidate wins Richmond seat
Independent candidate Stuart Parsons, who used to be a Lib Dem, has won a seat in Richmond for the 'Save our Friarage' group

An independent candidate representing the fight to save consultant led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has won a seat on North Yorkshire County Council.

Stuart Parsons stood in the Richmond ward for the 'Save our Friarage' group.

Deadline day looms for Friarage consultation report

Members of the local community gathered to support councillors earlier this year Credit: ITV News

Today marks the deadline for the findings of a report into the future of consultant-led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital to be handed to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The NHS is planning to reduce services at the Friarage in Northallerton, claiming that they are unsustainable.

However, supporters of the unit hope that the findings of the report will lead to a full comprehensive review of the consultant-led maternity services at the hospital.

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