A three-year programme of work to improve health services in Mid Yorkshire will take its next step forward as construction work starts on a new clinical support unit (CSU) at Pinderfields Hospital.
The unit, which will house a state-of-the-art eye clinic and office accommodation for clinicians will free up space at Pinderfields Hospital for more than 80 extra inpatient beds as care for acute and emergency patients is set to be centralised there. The unit is due to open in spring 2015.
Pinderfields Hospital’s new ophthalmology facility will become a centre of excellence for specialist eye services including glaucoma, medical retina and cataract services.
Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, said: “I am delighted to see work begin on the new Clinical Support Unit. With the transfer of more A&E services to Pinderfields, it is vital that there are enough beds to accommodate any rise in patient numbers. I welcome the construction of the new Unit which will free up space for an extra 88 beds as well as introduce a specialist ophthalmology facility to Wakefield.”
Under the plans Pinderfields will become the main Emergency Department for serious, life threatening emergencies and their inpatient care, with the majority of ambulance attendances going to Pinderfields.
Complex elective care that requires the back up of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a High Dependency Unit (HDU) will be at Pinderfields. Most elective inpatient care will then be provided at Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals.
Caroline Griffiths, Director of Planning and Partnerships at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The clinical service strategy has been designed to ensure we can provide high quality, safe and sustainable services for our patients.
“This unit will provide a new ophthalmology clinic, and clinical offices which will free up space for an extra 88 beds that will be moved into the hospital to treat more serious and complex cases. Current office space on gates 36 and 45 will be converted into ward areas as they will be close to critical services such as theatre and radiology.”
Kevin Oxley, Director of Operations for Clinical Support and Facilities, said: “This unit will provide high-quality clinical and non-clinical office accommodation for staff who are currently based within these ward areas. When this building is completed, it will provide an improved working environment.”
Elliott has been awarded a £5m contract to design and build this unit. Acting as Principal Contractor, the company plans to complete the project in just 32 weeks, including site remediation and external works.
The rapid construction schedule aims to minimise disruption to the hospital environment and offer service users access to the ophthalmology unit at the earliest possible opportunity.
Sustainable and eco features incorporated into Elliott’s design include increased levels of insulation, low-energy lighting, energy efficient heating systems and water-saving technology.
Photo caption: Mary Creagh MP (centre) cuts the turf to mark the start of building work on the unit. She is accompanied by (L-R) Andrew Wiles, Corporate Planning and Projects Manager; Kevin Oxley, Director of Operations for Clinical Support and Facilities; Jules Preston, Chairman and Brian Dudding, Head of Estates, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.