Local MP drops in to see new state-of-the-art hospital progress
23 February 2010
From left - Project director Martin Buckley, Trust
Local MP for Normanton Ed Balls visited the new Wakefield Hospital last week (19 February) to see the building progress first-hand.
During his visit, Ed heard more about how the state-of-the-art new building will transform patient care for local people and saw some of the brand new facilities and the bright, welcoming environment.
The building work is almost finished on the new state-of-the-art Wakefield hospital, which will be handed over to the Trust in May 2010.
Staff will then kit out the building with equipment for the first services to open in the summer, just three years after the contracts were first signed.
Ed Balls, MP for Normanton, said: “I campaigned hard with people from across Wakefield to get the new hospital built. So walking through the doors into the brand new building was very exciting. I know everyone is looking forward to seeing our new, light, modern, and world-class hospital and they will not be disappointed.
“The NHS is one of our country's greatest achievements. The doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff in our district deserve the best hospitals to work in, so they can give the best possible care to local people. Thanks to the investment in the new hospital, we will soon have the best facilities right here in Wakefield. I just can’t wait until the doors open in June.”
Ed Anderson, chairman of the Trust, said: “I hope that Mr Balls enjoyed seeing the new modern building first-hand. It’s exciting to think that patients will walk through the doors in less than six months time where they will continue to receive the best possible care in the best possible environment.”
Each of the services in the new Wakefield Hospital will offer much improved modern facilities including bigger, purpose-built consulting and treatment rooms, dedicated waiting areas and receptions as well as the latest equipment and technology to support patient care and rehabilitation. Patients staying overnight will have access to more ensuite accommodation and single rooms to enhance privacy and dignity.
All patients and visitors will benefit from a new relaxing environment with bright light courtyards and landscaped garden areas as well as the new ‘Street Café’ for dining and refreshments.
Following his visit to the new hospital Ed Balls also visited the children’s ward in the existing hospital to meet staff and patients.
The milestones and more information on the new hospitals can be found at www.midyorks.nhs.uk/Our+future/New+hospitals/
Issued by Emma Scales