The smaller of our three hospitals, Pontefract has open access emergency care for less serious medical conditions. It also offers planned surgery, day surgery, a number of outpatient clinics and rehabilitation for people who need round the clock care but do not need to be in an acute hospital bed.
Pontefract is also home to The Friarwood Birth Centre, the Trust’s first midwife led birthing unit, which has delivered more than 1200 babies since it opened.
We have regrettably had to take the decision to temporarily close the Friarwood Birth Centre for a period of six weeks to allow us to consolidate staffing.
All women booked in to attend the midwifery-led unit at Pontefract have been informed, as have the staff at the unit, and anyone affected is encouraged to speak to their community midwife about their choices, which include birth centres at Pinderfields and Dewsbury.