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September AHR update


This three year programme to transform hospital care across North Kirklees and Wakefield is now at an end and we monitor how the redesigned services are bedding in. 

This came to an end on Sept 4 as changes to acute medicine services at both the Dewsbury and Pinderfields hospital sites were delivered. This means Pinderfields Hospital is now The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trusts centre for acute and critical care services and allows Dewsbury and District Hospital and Pontefract to become centres of excellence for rehabilitation and elective care. 

We have achieved a lot over the three year length of the programme. 


  • Ambulatory emergency care service in Dewsbury offering rapid access to diagnosis and treatment without the need for hospital admission 
  • Children’s assessment unit opens in Dewsbury


  • Ophthalmology centre opens at Pinderfields
  • Acute cardiology services were centralised at Pinderfields resulting in faster transfer to specialist care and shorter lengths of stay


  • Midwife-led birth centre opens at Dewsbury.  All births requiring a consultant were centralised at Pinderfields
  • Neo-natal services and children’s inpatient care centralised at Pinderfields


  • Transfer of inpatient care for acute medical patients from Dewsbury to Pinderfields.

We now have a model of care that is safer and more sustainable for local people and new services include: 

  • Opening of the new Acute Care Unit (ACU) on gate 27 at Pinderfields
  • Two new Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Frailty assessment units at Dewsbury and Pinderfields  This is a dedicated service for elderly care focusing on rapid assessment; treatment and helping people with frailty get back home as soon as they are well enough
  • The development of a Clinical Decision Unit at Dewsbury, where patients would be admitted for a short time (normally under 12 hours) for tests and initial treatment before being discharged or transferred to a ward
  • Increased rehabilitation at Dewsbury and Pontefract Hospitals  
  • Opening of medicine and elderly care step down wards at Dewsbury and Pontefract for people who are out of the acute phase of their care episode but not yet able to go home.  

By putting specialist and critical care onto one site means the most seriously ill patients get faster access to senior clinicians with the right skills who are located together.  This means patients who are seriously ill are more likely to make a good recovery. 

Dewsbury Hospital continues to have a 24hrs a day A&E Emergency Department. It can treat any patient who comes through the doors with a life threatening medical emergency such as head injuries, severe bleeding and cardiac arrest. If there is a need for a hospital admission this may lead to a transfer to the Pinderfields site. 

Dewsbury A&E is not an Urgent Care Centre which is limited in what it provides and usually provides patients treatment for issues that are not life threatening such as broken bones and animal bites.

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