The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is showing its commitment to the people of Kirklees after investing almost £1m in new equipment at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
Ranging from resuscitaires on the Delivery Suite to ultrasound transducers in Accident and Emergency, the Trust is ensuring it has the very best equipment available to support its high quality care.
Kevin Oxley, Director of Operations – Corporate Services, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “During this last financial year we’ve undertaken a programme to replace the equipment at Dewsbury which has reached the end of its life.
It’s important to do this; state of the art equipment supports our clinicians in providing the best possible care and diagnostics for our patients whether this is from our midwives out in the community or staff in the hospital.”
One of the first new pieces to be introduced was an MRI scanner, which replaced one that had been at the hospital for 12 years. It is one of three scanners owned and operated by the Trust used to take detailed images of the inside of the body to help the clinical staff make diagnoses.
Neil Roberts, Team Leader for MRI at Dewsbury Hospital said: “In 2014 we performed over 8,000 MRI examinations and the demand continues to grow each year, by replacing the scanner it means that patients can continue to attend Dewsbury rather than a different site or Trust.”
The new machine has the most up to date software and a wider bore, which means it is more comfortable for patients, improves image quality and enables a wider range of examinations to be performed. As a result the Trust has seen a reduction in the number of MRI referrals declined or sent outside the Trust, so more patients can stay local.
Alongside this, work is also being carried out to upgrade areas of the hospital; replacing wooden windows and sanitary ware, improving lighting levels in the car parks, strengthening pipework and installing a bus shelter for patients.
“The ‘behind the scenes’ work is just as important,” continued Kevin, “we need a solid infrastructure from which to provide our services which, just like any home, needs maintaining. Making these investments now will provide at least another 30 years of life for the hospital.”
This is also complemented by the new £800,000 Paediatric Assessment Unit that was opened in 2014. The eight-bed unit aims to provide children and young people with a swifter diagnosis and make sure the most appropriate care can be offered as quickly as possible.
Building work has also started on a new birth centre at the hospital, scheduled to open in the summer. The NHS Trust is investing £1.48m into the new development, which is part of a programme to improve experience and deliver better outcomes for patients.