University Hospital of North Durham

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University Hospital of North Durham
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Location Durham, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university Newcastle University
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 523
Founded 2001
Website University Hospital of North Durham at
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University Hospital of North Durham is an acute care hospital built to replace the older Dryburn Hospital on the same site. It is part of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.[1] The hospital was opened in 2001 and was funded using a Private Finance Initiative run by a consortium of Balfour Beatty and the Royal Bank of Scotland with an initial cost of £97million.[2] Balfour Beatty subsequently sold their stake to Dalmore Capital in 2014.[3]

Services Provided[edit]

Accident and Emergency, Nurse Practitioners (Out of hours) centre, Maternity Unit/SCBU, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Traumas, General Surgery (Day, elective and emergency), Children's Ward, Acute Medical, Intensive Therapy Unit(ITU), Coronary Care Unit(CCU), Dermatology, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Stroke Rehab, Haematology

The hospital works in partnership with Bishop Auckland Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital and is the largest in the trust (based on bed numbers). The Main Hospital building contains the vast majority of the hospitals departments. It has a basement for pathology and pharmacy and three other floors, each consisting of a long main corridor with wards and departments on both sides. Most of the wards consist of four single beds in each room, as well as side rooms.

A few buildings from the original 'Dryburn Hospital' remain in operation. These buildings are used for less acute services such as the renal dialysis centre, this area is called the East Wing. Also within the East Wing is the original Dryburn Hospital corridor which can be accessed from some car parks and the A&E Entrance. The education centre and library (accredited by Newcastle University) from the old Dryburn site are no longer in operation, and have been relocated accordingly throughout the site and local area.

The hospital is supported by a further 88 community hospital beds in its catchment region for rehabilitation.


In 2014 a BBC report identified that "out of 126 serious incidents when patients were delayed admission to hospitals for more than two hours, 71 happened at the University Hospital of North Durham".[4] The hospital trust subsequently announced "they had earmarked £5.6million to invest into the emergency departments at Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust: Hospitals and Clinics". NHS Choices. NHS Choices. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Memorandum by North Durham Health Care NHS Trust (PS 40)". Select Committee on Health. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Armitage, Jim. "Balfour Beatty turns a huge profit on building schools and hospitals". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Accident and emergency delays face thousands of patients". BBC News. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Vicki. "Hospital trust announces plans to spend £5.6m improving A&E in Darlington and Durham". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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