Hospitals to be reviewed

MPs Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett at Pontefract Hospital.
MPs Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett at Pontefract Hospital.
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A REVIEW of how hospital services should be provided over the next three to five years is to be carried out by the local NHS trust.

The review will particularly be looking at the need for a 24 hours a day, seven days a week, consultant-led A&E department at Pontefract Hospital as well as how planned and emergency surgery is provided at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, and Dewsbury Hospital.

It will also look at providing a single centre for children’s inpatient medical and surgical services to build on the inpatient centre for surgery that opened in Pinderfields earlier this year.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is carrying out the review to build on a previous five-year strategy from 2006-2011 that was recently completed. This strategy saw the opening of the new purpose-built Pontefract and Pinderfields hospitals and the development of specialist centres aimed at saving lives, reducing disability and improving clinical outcomes.

The new Pinderfields Hospital provides comprehensive care for the most seriously ill patients who need to stay in hospital for care while the focus of the new Pontefract Hospital is on patients who are less seriously ill.

Pinderfields also provides a neonatal intensive and high dependency care unit for premature or ill newborn babies and an inpatient orthopaedic trauma surgery for emergency operations to a patient’s bones or joints, as well as the children’s inpatient surgery centre.

The review was initially supposed to start at the end of the year but is taking place now after the Department of Health brought forward the requirement to develop the next five-year strategy in order to show the Trust has both clinical and financial viability and sustainability.

The first phase of the review is being led by the trust’s clinical teams and other colleagues, including GPs, to see how all hospital services can best be provided in the future. It will focus on safety, quality, patient experience, efficiency and sustainability.

During the next couple of months, a short-list will be developed to identify options for improving clinical outcomes and efficiency and securing safe, sustainable and viable services.

These options will then be discussed with local residents and key stakeholders, including Wakefield Council’s overview and scrutiny committee for health and social care.

The next phase of the process will involve the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) carrying out a thorough review of the proposed options to ensure that they offer safe, effective and accessible services for patients. Feedback throughout the process will be used to develop a proposal that will go out to formal public consultation.

l Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee will consider whether to pass an application to demolish three buildings at the old PGI at a meeting today. The report recommends giving approval to knock down the former adult psychology building, workshop and mortuary store and the former occupational health building.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett criticised the plans, claiming there was strong opposition in the Express area.