This is all part of the Acute Hospital Reconfiguration (AHR) programme, which is the delivery name for changes first proposed and approved by the Secretary of State in March 2014, following a wide ranging public consultation.
This final stage AHR service changes, will centralise care for people who have the most serious and urgent health to Pinderfields Hospital.
Trust Chairman, Jules Preston said: “What this means for patients is a better service offer and improved patient care. By bringing together specialists onto one site we can deliver the right care at the right time with the appropriate health professional.”
The timetable for making the changes will be reviewed by the Trust and commissioners over the next few weeks. The plan is to phase the service changes from April to September.
The outline timetable would in the first phase complete the changes already made to surgical services by moving complex surgery from Dewsbury to Pinderfields Hospital, at the same time beginning work to develop a frailty unit at Dewsbury and redesigning wards and functions across all sites
The second phase would further develop ambulatory care and frailty services as well as the development of a Clinical Decision Unit at Dewsbury, where patients would be admitted for a short time for tests and initial treatment before being discharged or transferred to a ward.
The final phase would involve transfer of inpatient care for acute medical patients from Dewsbury to Pinderfields, transfer of the remaining critical care beds from Dewsbury to Pinderfields and the opening of stepdown medicine and elderly care wards at Dewsbury.