We became a Foundation Trust on 01 February 2007 and provide secondary hospital care from three main sites; University Hospital of North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland Hospital.
The Trust also runs community hospitals in Shotley Bridge and Chester-le-Street and provides outpatient, community and outreach services from several other sites. We offer care in modern, clean facilities which include two cardiac suites at Durham and Darlington and an NHS Treatment Centre at Bishop Auckland for routine surgery.
The Trust has around 4,700 whole time equivalent staff and 1,200 beds. We provide secondary care district general hospital services to a population of around 500,000 in County Durham and Darlington, and into North Yorkshire, with sub-regional services reaching into the South of Tyne area, serving a population of 1.2m.
In 2008, the Trust was named one of the CHKS 40 Top Hospitals for the first time since it was established in 2002.