Changes to hospital services at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust come into effect this weekend. The changes are part of plans to reorganise hospital services across North Kirklees and Wakefield to offer improved patient care and deliver more services locally.
The changes are designed to give faster access to specialist care for people with serious and complex illness across North Kirklees and Wakefield and to provide as much routine care as possible locally.
The following changes will be in place by September 19:
- The opening of two new midwife led birth centres at Dewsbury and Pinderfields Hospitals and the consultant labour ward will be centralised at Pinderfields which means all deliveries requiring consultant involvement (including caesareans and epidural) will be at Pinderfields. There will be consultants on duty on the labour ward for longer hours than currently and senior clinical staff will be on the unit 24/7
- Routine ante natal and post-natal care, including scans, will still be offered locally in the community and at all three of the Trust's hospitals
- There will be access to scans and assessment at Dewsbury for some women with complications in early pregnancy
- A dedicated acute gynaecology and early pregnancy assessment service will be set up at Pinderfields
- Neo-natal services will be centralised at Pinderfields
- The children's assessment unit at Dewsbury will be open from 10am to 10 pm and children requiring hospital admission will need to go to Pinderfields (or to a more specialist children’s service)
- Paediatric inpatient services will be centralised at Pinderfields
- Acute surgery will be centralised at Pinderfields with most complex surgery and surgery for people who may need critical care support centralised at Pinderfields (except colorectal and bariatric surgery which will transfer to Pinderfields when all critical care services are centralised in 2017
Further changes to acute medicine and critical care services are due to take place in spring 2017.
This reorganisation is part of the hospital reconfiguration programme plan which was approved by the Secretary of State for Health in spring 2014.
In June 2016, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Board and the governing bodies of NHS North Kirklees CCG and NHS Wakefield CCG agreed to move forward with these September changes following a quality and safety review.
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