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Campaigners lose battle to keep Friarage services

Friarage hospital, Northallerton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Families in North Yorkshire say they're disappointed after losing their fight to retain some of the current services at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton.

After a public consultation, plans will now be put forward to scale back paediatric and maternity services there.

Some doctors say patients would receive more specialised care from larger hospitals like the James Cook in Middlesbrough which, they say, would be safer.

But campaigners say they're worried that there would be no consultants on the maternity ward, and no overnight paediatric care.

They've vowed to appeal the decision which could be approved next week.

Families and campaigners have tried to save services Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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Full Report: Emergency exercise at Friarage Hospital

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

Around 140 people were involved in the operation, where mock patients were rescued from a ward filled with smoke.

All of the pictures in Claire Mongomery's reports were from the staged exercise today.

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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.

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.

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