Local MPs to visit first services open at new Pontefract Hospital

14 January 2010


 Click here to read more about the first services that have opened at Pontefract!


MP visits ward

From left to right - MPs Jon Trickett (far left)
and Yvette Cooper (far right) talk to
patient Ann Greenhalgh and
plaster technician Simon Cole in the
plaster room in the 
new Pontefract Hospital 

Local MPs will join staff and patients in the new Pontefract Hospital on Friday (15 January) to celebrate the opening of the first services there.  

Yvette Cooper MP and Jon Trickett MP will meet staff and patients from the very first services to open including the outpatient rehabilitation institute for physiotherapy and occupational therapy, specialist and general outpatients, the Children’s Centre, the cardio respiratory investigations unit, haematology day unit, pain clinic, pharmacy and blood tests.  

They will hear more about how the state-of-the-art new building is already transforming local patient care for local people and see first-hand the brand new facilities and bright, welcoming environment.  

Each of the outpatient services in the new Pontefract Hospital offers 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 and a new day room and dining area to aid their recovery.  

All patients and visitors are benefiting from a new relaxing environment with bright light courtyards and landscaped garden areas as well as the new ‘Street Café’ for dining and refreshments.

Notes to editors:   

  • By the end of the month, stroke and orthopaedic patients that need inpatient rehabilitation will also be cared for in the new building and for the first time ever from April 2010, Pontefract patients will have access to local renal dialysis and a MRI scanning service.
  • In the spring, the brand new midwife-led maternity unit and the combined scoping unit will also open.
  • The remainder of hospital services will open in January 2011 when the new Wakefield hospital will also be fully open. At Pontefract, these remaining services include medical assessment beds in the clinical decision unit, short-stay surgery, theatres and A&E (emergency department).
  • Alongside the excellent modern hospital in Dewsbury, the new state-of-the-art Pontefract and Wakefield hospitals will help transform local patient care. When the new hospitals are fully open, the new Wakefield Hospital will provide comprehensive care for all patients, including the most seriously ill, with the focus of the new Pontefract Hospital on the majority of hospital patients who are less seriously ill. The majority of hospital care will continue to be provided locally and there are also plans to introduce new services.  
  • Since we started building the new hospitals, we have also seen greater investment in developing more services in the local community to complement the new hospitals. Over £12 million has been spent since 2007 to provide more choice and more services closer to home.


Issued by Emma Scales
01924 213851