Until early 2007, the Richardson Hospital stood at the corner of John Street and Victoria Road in Barnard Castle.  It  was originally the Starlings, a private house, owned by Robert Taylor Richardson, who also owned large areas of land in the surrounding streets.

In 1932 Mr Richardson bequeathed The Starlings to provide hospital facilities in the town and it was used as military hospital during the Second World War complete with operating theatre and X-Ray unit.  Following the war the building became a convalescent home called the Richardson Hospital.

The Richardson Hospital now forms part of the NHS County Durham Primary Care Trust and is regarded as a valuable resource for providing high quality health care to residents of Barnard Castle and the Durham Dales.

 Building work began in 2005. The hospital was funded through Care Partnership 25 Ltd a company owned by the private and public sector and is part of the government’s LIFT programme which was set up to deliver investment in new and improved Primary Care and Community Healthcare facilities.     The new Richardson Community Hospital provides access to a whole range of services ranging from out-patients and rehabilitation to therapy services and palliative care.   The new £10 million building brings increased provision of locally based services in a modern facility. It also brings together skilled, integrated staff teams delivering a wider range of services for local people than ever before. Working together in this way will also mean improved communication between the Health and Social Care professionals involved in patient care.

What are the services available?

  • In Patient Beds (GP & Nurse led)
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • District Nursing
  • Health visiting
  • School Nurses
  • Antenatal & Prenatal community support services
  • Community Midwifery
  • Podiatry
  • Community Dental Services
  • Community Mental Health services
  • Audiology/Hearing Screening & Assessment
  • Family Planning
  • Well Baby Clinics
  • Child Development Clinics
  • Community Paediatric Services
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Breastfeeding Group
  • Rehabilitation Group
  • Health Respite Care
  • Day Hospital Services
  • Lymphodema Clinic
  • Palliative Care services
  • Falls prevention service

Extended Rehabilitation Services

Patients are individually assessed by the Physiotherapist and the Occupational Therapist, where an individual Care and Exercise Programme is designed and implemented to optimise the patients full potential. Trained assistant’s deliver the programme between 07.30 — 21.00, 7 days a week.

Medical Cover.

Medical Cover is provided by the Barnard Castle Surgery for all patients using the In Patient, Day Hospital and Day Hospice Services.