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 Teesside, Durham & Newcastle
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1,010
Founded June 1980
Website 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 North Riding 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.[1]

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.[2]

In November 2012, a 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.

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.[3]

Transport links[edit]

The hospital is situated on the A172 (Marton Road) and is sign-posted from main routes such as the A66, A19 and A174. Limited car parking (including disabled parking) is available on site.

Local bus services provide regular links from Middlesbrough and most major towns in the North east to the hospital. Buses that stop at or near the hospital include Arriva (28, 28B, 29, 29A & 63) and Stagecoach on Teesside (10, 10a, 11, 605, 610). Other bus providers include Abbott's of Leeming (X80 to X89).[4]

The adjacent James Cook railway station is accessed via a signposted footpath.[5] Seventeen trains call at the station each way Mondays to Saturdays. A limited service operates on Sundays (four trains each way) from late March to early November. All services are operated by Northern.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University hospital status". South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "£35m radiotherapy centre opens in Middlesbrough". BBC. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "James Cook University Hospital gets IVF unit". BBC Tees News. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Getting to James Cook Hospital". South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Middlesbrough James Cook Hospital railway station opens". BBC Tees News. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Route of the Esk Valley Railway: James Cook". Esk Valley Railway Development Company. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 

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