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Clinic urges mums to milk breastfeeding for as long as they can

Emma Briggs, Emma Woolford, Dad Steven Delve, Claire Delve and Sharon Tunnacliffe Keeping baby breastfeeding can help them fight infections, develop close emotional bonds with mum and even beat obesity.

That is just some of the advice that a new Pontefract Hospital Breastfeeding Support Clinic is dispensing to mums as they bid to keep infants on breast milk for months and even years after birth.

Innovative IT honoured for pushing the envelope

IT Team The work of Dewsbury Hospital’s IT department has clicked with healthcare chiefs – who have just presented them with a Celebrating Excellence award.

Made up of five separate teams, the IT crowd stunned judges from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust with their approach to teamwork – described by one employee as, “open, listening and encouraging.”

Bravo Belinda – you played a blinder!

Belinda Knowles
A Pinderfields nurse who describes caring for some of our city’s sickest babies as, “looking after our most prized possessions” has just found out how precious SHE is to patients.


Sister Belinda Knowles has dedicated the last 20 years to looking after not just premature and very poorly infants – but their often traumatised families.  Despite sometimes seeing folks at their lowest ebb, she says “I wouldn’t swap my job with anybody.”

Yasmin has volunteering off to a tee

Yasmin Khanagha
Dewsbury teenager Yasmin Khanagha is using her role as one of our local hospital’s youngest-ever volunteers to forge a career in medicine.

The 18 year-old from the Halifax Road area is finding out exactly what departments as diverse as maternity and A&E do. But more importantly she is learning how to speak confidently to patients who are sometimes at their lowest ebb.