New Pontefract Hospital opens its doors

11 January 2010


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Pontefract Hospital facia


Blood Test


Jon Trickett MP said: “It is great that, after many years of planning, a new hospital has arrived in Pontefract.  Local people deserve the best facilities the NHS can offer.” 

The first patient took their excited steps through the doors of the new Pontefract Hospital last week (7 January 2010) and today saw a number of other services opening.  

The first service to open last week was the outpatient rehabilitation institute for physiotherapy and occupational therapy which includes a large, modern new gym with more space for classes and additional treatment rooms for patients that need physiotherapy or occupational therapy. Twenty six patients used the services on the first day despite the adverse weather.  

And from today (11 January 2010), patients also started accessing services in specialist and general outpatients, the Children’s Centre, the cardio respiratory investigations unit, haematology day unit, pain clinic, pharmacy and blood tests.  

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.  

Ed Anderson, chair of the Trust, said: “What we are providing for patients in the new Pontefract Hospital is the same first class care but in first class facilities. Patients can expect to receive their treatment in an environment designed around them and I know that our staff are excited about welcoming patients over the coming weeks.”  

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

Julia Squire, chief executive of the Trust, added: “Patients will benefit from new and improved facilities to offer the best possible care in the best possible environment. They will not only benefit from state-of-the-art modern facilities but will have faster access to their care and treatment because the new building has been designed to accommodate the latest technology and innovations in healthcare.”

Jon Trickett MP said: “It is great that, after many years of planning, a new hospital has arrived in Pontefract.  Local people deserve the best facilities the NHS can offer.”  

Yvette Cooper MP said: “It is great news that the first patients will be able to use the new state of the art facilities in Pontefract. This healthcare investment is a real boost for the area, after years of campaigning by local people for improved services at this end of the district.”  

At Pontefract, the first services open this month, with the remainder of hospital services opening 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).  

Notes to editors:   

  • There is an opportunity to speak to some of the first patients using the new services this week (from 11 January 2010). If you would like to set up a photo or interview, please contact Emma Scales on 01924 213851.  
  • 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