All change as new hospitals open

Pinderfields Hospital Emergency entrance
Pinderfields Hospital Emergency entrance

THE FINAL services to open at the district’s £300m new hospitals open next week.

The first services at the new Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals opened in January last year and from Tuesday, all of the new facilities will be open, meaning some changes for patients in the Express area.

New emergency departments have opened this weekend at both hospitals, and a specialist children’s A&E has opened at Pinderfields.

The new Wakefield hospital will treat the most seriously ill, but Ponterfract will continue to see nine out of ten people who were previously treated there.

Women can now give birth at Pinderfields for the first time in a decade, at a new consultant-led maternity unit. There is also a specialist neonatal intensive and high dependency care unit at Pinderfields.

And children are now being treated in a purpose-built and specially designed children’s ward at Wakefield.

It includes a new specialist centre for children’s inpatient surgery, separate facilities for older children and dedicated beds for young burns patients.

Dr Karen Stone, Consultant Paediatrician, said: “We want to ensure that all children who need to stay overnight in hospital receive the best possible care, in a purpose-built environment.

“The wards will be far better than anything we have been able to provide for children at any of our hospitals before.”

The changes see the end to inpatient wards at Pontefract, but it will still have short stay and day surgery facilities.

Julia Squire, chief executive of the Trust, added: “Patients are benefiting from new and improved facilities to offer the best possible care in the best possible environment.

“They are not only benefitting from state-of-the-art modern facilities but have faster access to their care and treatment because the new building has been designed to accommodate the latest technology and innovations in healthcare.

“Local people have been waiting for these much-needed new hospitals for many years and it’s exciting that in just under a week’s time, they will be fully open.”