News

Superb response to toy emergency in Dewsbury

Dr Patrick Tung, Michael Sutton (General Store Manager, Asda Dewsbury Superstore), Salwa Gibbons (Registered Nurse), Sister Anjela Jones and Sharon Kingswood (Community Life Champion, Asda). The people of Dewsbury and its surrounding area have responded to the news of a theft at their local Children’s A&E by donating a hulking load of gifts to replace stolen toys.


As chronicled in last week’s press staff at the busy unit noticed toys had been removed when they searched for a copy of Frozen to help calm a suffering child.


Not only has the Disney DVD been replaced but toy trucks and aeroplanes, electronic toys for toddlers and action figures have been donated by generous individuals.

Bravo Belinda – you played a blinder!

Belinda Knowles
A Pinderfields nurse who describes caring for some of our city’s sickest babies as, “looking after our most prized possessions” has just found out how precious SHE is to patients.


Sister Belinda Knowles has dedicated the last 20 years to looking after not just premature and very poorly infants – but their often traumatised families.  Despite sometimes seeing folks at their lowest ebb, she says “I wouldn’t swap my job with anybody.”

Yasmin has volunteering off to a tee

Yasmin Khanagha
Dewsbury teenager Yasmin Khanagha is using her role as one of our local hospital’s youngest-ever volunteers to forge a career in medicine.

The 18 year-old from the Halifax Road area is finding out exactly what departments as diverse as maternity and A&E do. But more importantly she is learning how to speak confidently to patients who are sometimes at their lowest ebb.

Meet Kevin – children’s champion!

Kevin Rattray
Children’s Regional Burns Unit ward clerk Kevin Rattray was just one of the recipients of a Celebrating Excellence Award 2015.

Presented in nine categories, these honours celebrate the fantastic achievements of our colleagues and teams in demonstrating the Trust’s commitment to striving for excellence.

Dignity clothes show Wakefield cares

Anita Ruckledge, Lead Dementia Nurse
Compassion is still in fashion here in Wakefield – with a staggering 50 bags of new clothes donated to some of our hospitals' most vulnerable patients.

Following an appeal back in November, staff at the Trust have been overwhelmed by the deluge of dignity clothes sent to them. Given to vulnerable patients – including the homeless – when they are discharged, the donations are proving particularly vital during the current cold snap.

Anne proves you can return to NHS nursing

Anne Sykes
A nurse who took time out of the NHS has described being back on the wards at Dewsbury and District Hospital as “just like coming home.”

Anne trained at the old Dewsbury School of Nursing back in the mid-1980’s but has since gone onto a myriad of jobs at care homes and in private healthcare. And it was whilst with a BUPA rehabilitation unit that she made regular trips to Pinderfields – and decided it was time to come back to the NHS.

Come on home to NHS nursing

Adele Atkinson Adele Atkinson has joined a drive to encourage nurses no longer working in the NHS to come back to their true calling.

The stroke unit nurse, who trained at Huddersfield University and loved the experience of working on wards, left the NHS to work at a private care home.

But it is only whilst working with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust that she feels valued, supported and able to fulfil her dream of caring for others.