The detailed planning to move forward with Acute Hospital Reconfiguration (AHR) has been confirmed by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and commissioners with a view to delivering the final stage of AHR in phases from April through to September 2017.
At the end of this programme by reconfiguring hospital wards to bring associated services closer together, patients will see a better service offer and improved patient care through quicker access to the appropriate health care professional.
Once complete, all intensive care and high dependency care will be centralised at Pinderfields. The site will also see all acute cases, including critically ill and patients with trauma
Blue light ambulance emergencies will also be taken straight to Pinderfields or to the nearest suitable hospital. Patients self-presenting at the emergency department at Dewsbury or Pontefract and need to be admitted to hospital for acute care will be transferred to Pinderfields.
Essential tests such as x-rays, scans and blood tests will continue to be available at all three hospitals.
AHR will deliver new frailty units (a dedicated service, for mainly older people with complex care needs, focusing on rapid assessment; treatment and helping people get back home as soon as they are well enough) at DDH and Pinderfields and expanded space for ambulatory care.
Dewsbury Hospital will have an extra 100 medical beds, the development of a Clinical Decision Unit (where patients would be admitted for a short time for tests and initial treatment before being discharged or transferred to a ward) and the opening of medicine and elderly care step down wards.
The changes once in place will:
• Lead to better outcomes for the most seriously ill patients by bringing specialist skills together with consultant cover for longer hours and at weekends
• Allow people with less serious or less complex conditions to access treatment locally
• This means patients will be treated in the right place, at the right time, by the right teams, with the right support.
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