South Tees Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

Serving a core population of over 400,000 and employing almost 9,000 staff, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers a range of specialist regional services to 1.5 million people in the Tees Valley and parts of Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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South Tees Hospital Sites

1. The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Further sites in North Yorkshire:

  • – Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
  • – Redcar Primary Care Hospital
  • – Guisborough Primary Care Hospital
  • – East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital, Brotton
  • – The Friary Community Hospital, Richmond

We have a particular expertise in heart disease, neurosciences, children’s services, renal medicine, cancer services and spinal injuries and are the major trauma centre for the southern part of the northern region.

Medical training at South Tees Hospitals

We continue to build links with the Universities of Teesside, Durham and Newcastle and have a purpose-built academic centre with medical students and nursing and midwifery students doing their clinical placements on site.

We are also a leading partner in the academic health science network for the North East and North Cumbria, which aims to recognise the brilliant ideas originating from the region’s health service, turning them into treatments, accessible technologies and medicines and the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria.

Some of our teaching and training facilities include:

  • Surgical skills lab
  • Clinical skills lab
  • Mock ward areas
  • Sim man teaching rooms
  • Live surgery theatre links
  • Research labs

For a virtual tour of the facilities click here.

You can also view information on our accommodation here.

The Endeavour unit – a state-of-the-art cancer unit which is part of a £35million cancer development at The James Cook University Hospital is one of the first in the world to treat patients on three leading edge linear accelerators – machines used to give radiation treatment to patients – and also houses a CT scanner and a new outpatient suite.

Current & future developments at South Tees

A new state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment, stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy – or SABR, for cancer patients at The James Cook University Hospital won a HSJ national efficiency award last year. The technique uses the latest developments in radiotherapy technology from Elekta to deliver very high doses of radiation to tumours in the chest with millimetre precision.

Recently introduced robotic surgery for prostate and other cancer treatments.

The neurosurgical unit at The James Cook University Hospital provides a wide-range of healthcare expertise for outpatients, inpatients and adult patients who come into hospital as an emergency including head injuries and other traumas; brain haemorrhage; brain tumours and surgical intervention for spinal injuries. Due to the nature of admissions and the wide range of surgical procedures performed, the ward has its own high dependency unit (HDU) staffed by specially trained nurses.

The James Cook University Hospital has been selected as one of the first in the UK to offer a leading-edge stroke-prevention treatment. The Middlesbrough hospital is one of 10 centres across the UK selected to offer the new procedure known as Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure as part of NHS England’s £15m Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) programme.

Annual India medical mission

Patients in one of the poorest areas of India can look forward to better, pain-free lives following a visit by a volunteer medical team, led by staff from South Tyneside District Hospital. The group of about 20 – mainly from South Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead, Durham and Newcastle hospitals – gave up their own time to perform more than 100 life-changing procedures during an intensive, six-day period at Walawalkar Hospital in Dervan, on India’s west coast.

The specialities involved included urology, plastic, orthopaedic, eye and general surgery, gynaecology, radiology, anaesthetics, physiotherapy, and acute pain management. It was the 13th time that the annual trip had been arranged through the SVJC Trust charity.

Dr Sanjay Deshpande, consultant anaesthetist at South Tyneside District Hospital, originally had the idea for the medical mission after visiting Walawalkar while on a family holiday to India in 2005. He was impressed by the dedication and commitment of the medical staff there, despite their limited resources. He said: “It is sometimes easy to forget how fortunate we are to have the NHS. “It is an amazing experience for us to go to Walawalkar Hospital and, through what would be considered in this country as relatively simple operations, be able to help people whose quality of life would be significantly reduced if they were left untreated.” Money is raised throughout each year to cover the cost of travel and shipping of equipment for the medical mission.

What our trainees say:

Eleanor Ageikinas,
Foundation doctor

“I have loved this place ever since I moved here for university. The people have been so friendly and welcoming from day one and you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer. I have spent most of my time studying and working in James Cook hospital, I feel it offers all the excitement and variety of a tertiary specialist hospital whilst maintaining a very friendly district general hospital feel.”

Richard Procter,
Emergency Medicine Consultant

“I would say this is a great place to work if you are a trainee. I have been given brilliant teaching and career development. It can be intense and highly demanding but also enjoyable, fun and a great place to work within a team.  The north east has a very friendly feel to it and it’s a great place to live.”