Dewsbury - just the facts
Dewsbury and District Hospital is changing and we know this is a concern for many of you. Here are some of the key facts about what is actually happening at Dewsbury and our plans for its future development:
Fact: Dewsbury and District Hospital is NOT closing
We plan to treat more patients than ever before at Dewsbury as it becomes a major centre for planned operations and we increase the range of outpatient services provided.
We are investing more than £21 million to improve facilities including upgrading theatres, creating a new midwife led unit and new refurbished wards.
We have already opened the Children’s Assessment Unit to make sure sick children have quick access to experienced clinical staff who can help them get better.
Fact: There will be an Accident and Emergency department at Dewsbury
Accident and Emergency (A&E) services will still be available at Dewsbury and open 24/7.
Patients who have serious or life-threatening emergencies and who are going to hospital by ambulance will be taken directly to the nearest A&E department.
If you attend the A&E department at Dewsbury but you need to be admitted for specialist treatment then you will be transferred to Pinderfields.
Fact: You will be able to have an operation at Dewsbury
If you need a routine, planned operation then you will be treated at Dewsbury.
We are expanding the range of surgical specialties that will be available at Dewsbury and plan to upgrade theatres.
Patients who need complex operations and potentially require intensive care or high dependency support will have their operations carried out at Pinderfields Hospital.
Fact: You will be able to have your baby at Dewsbury
We will be opening a new Midwife Led Unit where some of you will be able to have your baby in a calm, friendly and caring environment.
Our highly trained midwives will provide a quality service to all mums expecting a normal delivery.
Pinderfields will provide services for you and your baby who need specialist care.
There will be no change to antenatal and postnatal care already provided at Dewsbury – you will still be able to have your outpatient appointments there.
Fact: More people than ever will be treated at Dewsbury
Dewsbury and District Hospital will be the main centre for planned operations and day treatments. We will also provide more outpatient appointments providing care for more patients in the future.
As a result of new surgical techniques and treatments, we are able to treat more patients as day cases, meaning fewer people will need to stay overnight. Some patients may need additional specialist care and we will arrange for them to receive this at Pinderfields.
We hope this helps answer your questions but if you need further information please contact: 01924 543686 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org