New mess opens for junior medics

Pinderfields Hospital general view

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A new doctors’ mess has opened at Pinderfields Hospital to give junior medics somewhere to rest between shifts.

The mess, which has been officially opened by Stephen Eames, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has basic cooking facilities, an area for watching TV and a separate quiet area with reclining chairs.

It also includes computers for doctors to use, lockers and basic supplies like bread, milk and cereal have been provided. Leisure facilities are also being discussed.

Dr Andrew Jackson, associate medical director, said: “It has been shown by the British Medical Association that providing proper facilities and a good working environment improves clinical care.

“The mess provides junior doctors with a space where they can relax before or after shifts, or while they are waiting to be called.

“It supports the trust’s contribution to the quality of their ongoing education.”

The mess aims to help create the best possible working and training environment for junior doctors.