Staff from the Emergency Surgery Clinic at Pinderfields Hospital: (from L-R) Mrs Helen Thomson (Surgical Consultant), Mr J. Tahir (Assistant Specialist - Surgery), Chelsea Lawless (Health Care Assistant) and Richard Mclean-Thompson (Business Manager – Division of Surgery).
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has recently introduced a dedicated Emergency Surgery Clinic at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, currently operating Monday to Friday except bank holidays. The aim is to decrease waiting times for patients and to facilitate a quicker review, enabling quicker diagnosis and treatment.
The new Emergency Surgery Clinic has been introduced on a trial basis, and is located on Gate 8A on floor B of the Pinderfields site. The Emergency Surgery Clinic is a dedicated clinic for patients attending in an emergency setting, who need an urgent review by the surgical team, but who do not require an immediate admission to hospital.
The clinic has been set up to treat patients who do not require immediate admission to hospital but need a general surgical opinion within 24 – 48 hours. Patients with conditions such as abscesses, hernias or a suspected appendicitis are treated by one of six Associate Specialists, Mr J Tahir (photo), Mr H Mashaly, Mr D Gupta, Mr S Rahman, Mr K Sohail, and Mr M Afzal, who are overseen by a Senior Consultant each day. The clinic opened as a trial service on the 9 January this year, and is currently open 8am until 11am five days a week.
This new service not only means that patients get the most appropriate surgical treatment quicker and the chance of avoiding an overnight stay in hospital, it also means Consultants in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department can focus on people with critical or life-threatening conditions. The team hope to see on average eight or nine patients a day.
The clinic is also supported by Radiology services, which has enabled patients to receive appropriate investigations, such as ultrasound scans, on the same day wherever possible.
Mrs Helen Thomson, Surgical Consultant at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “By introducing this new service we hope to ensure that our patients receive the right treatment at the right time without having to experience long waiting times. We are providing patients with a much quicker service without the need for them staying overnight in hospital. We will be continuously reviewing the service and exploring ways we can make it even better. I would like to thank the whole team involved for their efforts in setting up this new service.”
It is currently not possible to book an appointment at the Emergency Surgery Clinic as it is not the same as a 'walk-in centre', which are designated GP-led services in the community. However, this may be considered at a later stage.