James Cook University Hospital

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James Cook University Hospital
James Cook University Hospital
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Location Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Care system NHS England
Hospital type Teaching/Major Trauma Centre
Affiliated university

Durham University

Teesside University
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1,010
Founded June 1980
Website http://southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/james-cook/
Lists Hospitals in England

The James Cook University Hospital is a 1,010 bed major tertiary referral hospital, district general hospital and major trauma centre in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England, located on the A172 (Marton Road) . It forms part of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, along with the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. It caters for most specialties and is one of the largest hospitals of its kind in the country.


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 and grew even larger through the closure and re-site of Middlesbrough General Hospital and the Infirmary onto the current hospital site.


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. The cardiovascular unit is globally renowned, participating in national and international conferences, and spearheading the introduction of primary angioplasty for heart attacks in the UK. 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. Extensive new facilities were built by Mowlem under a Private Finance Initiative contract and opened in August 2003.

It 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.

The hospital has a landing pad for use by the Great North and Yorkshire air ambulances.

The Accident and Emergency Department is one of the leading departments in the country and specialises extensively in trauma. In May 2013, the hospital became a major trauma centre for Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

In May 2012, a £35 million radiotherapy centre opened at the hospital, unveiled by Princess Alexandra.[1]

In November 2012 an new 3T MRI scanner was opened, in the Neurosciences department, by renowned neuroscientist Colin Blakemore and paralympic gold medalist Lily van den Broeke. This is a partnership between the hospital and Durham University and in addition to clinical work will undertake research into various aspects of cognition such as sensory perception, visuomotor control, emotions, memory, schizophrenia, decision making, and gender differences.

A railway station adjacent to the hospital was opened on 18 May 2014.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "£35m radiotherapy centre opens in Middlesbrough". BBC. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough James Cook Hospital railway station opens". BBC Tees News. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 54°33′07″N 1°12′50″W / 54.552°N 1.214°W / 54.552; -1.214