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James Cook University Hospital


The hospital was built on the parkland of the former St Luke's Hospital, Middlesbrough. Opened in 1980 as a tertiary care centre called South Cleveland Hospital, it later became an extensive hospital with A&E. The hospital changed its name to the James Cook University Hospital in 2001.[2]

New facilities were procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract to replace Middlesbrough General Hospital, North Riding Infirmary and the neuro-rehabilitation unit at West Lane Hospital in 1999.[3] These new facilities were designed by HLM Architects,[4] built on the site by Mowlem at a cost of £96 million[5] and opened in August 2003.[3]

In May 2012, a £35 million radiotherapy centre opened at the hospital, unveiled by Princess Alexandra.[6]

In November 2012, a new 3T MRI scanner was opened, in the Neurosciences department. This is a partnership between the hospital and Durham University and in addition to clinical work will undertake research into various aspects of cognition.[7]

In May 2013, the hospital became a major trauma centre for Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire and surrounding areas, participating in the wider Northern trauma Network.[8]

In March 2015, a new purpose-built IVF unit was opened (complete with its own theatre), it now brings all the reproductive medicine services together in one place.[9]


James Cook University Hospital specialises in the treatment of cancer, heart conditions and neurosurgery as well as housing the regional neonatal intensive care and spinal injury units. More recent developments include the introduction of advanced cardiac mapping technologies for complex radio frequency ablation, and the development of a highly successful Transcatheter Aortic Valve Intervention programme for patients deemed unfit for conventional cardiac surgery.[10]

The hospital is used to teach clinical medical students from Newcastle University Medical School as well as pre-clinical students based at Durham University's Queen's Campus Stockton enrolled on collaborative course between Newcastle University Medical School and Durham University. The hospital also has strong teaching and research links with the School of Health at Teesside University.[11]

The hospital has a daylight hours landing pad for use by the Great North and Yorkshire air ambulances.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "The James Cook University Hospital". South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Website. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Trust history". South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Moving three hospitals is a truly major operation". The Journal. 9 December 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ Macnaughton, R. J.; Collins, P. J.; White, M.; Elliott, K.; Soukas, A.; Purves, G.; Kellett, P.; Coleman, S. M. (2005). "Designing for health : architecture, art and design at the James Cook University Hospital" (PDF). NHS Estates, London. p. 5. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "NHS capital expenditure and the private finance initiative—expansion or contraction?" (PDF). British Medical Journal. 3 July 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  6. ^ "£35m radiotherapy centre opens in Middlesbrough". BBC. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  7. ^ "New brain centre opened at James Cook University Hospital". Gazette Live. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "James Cook Hospital's major trauma staff praised after one of unit's busiest days yet". Gazette Live. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ "James Cook University Hospital gets IVF unit". BBC Tees News. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Developing clinical pathway documentation to enhance care for TAVI patients". British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  11. ^ "University hospital status". South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  12. ^ "New coastguard rescue helicopters could cause Marton Road closure every time they land". Gazette Live. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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