Royal seal of approval for state-of-the-art new Pinderfields Hospital


The state-of-the-art new Pinderfields Hospital was given the royal seal of approval when it was officially opened by Princess Anne today (Tuesday 13 September).


HRH The Princess Royal visited the new hospital, which started to open in June 2010 and fully opened in March this year, to tour the state-of-the-art facilities and meet with staff and patients. She also unveiled a plaque marking the opening of the new building.


Ed Anderson, Chairman, and Julia Squire, Chief Executive, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened our new Pinderfields Hospital and got to meet some of our dedicated staff and partners who have worked so hard to make our new hospital a reality.


“In the new building, we are providing high quality care in new state-of-the-art facilities which have been designed around our patients’ needs and include the latest technology and equipment. We are pleased that the Princess met with some of our patients and heard first-hand about how their care and experience is improving in what are some of the best hospital facilities in the country.


“We would also like to thank our staff and partners for all the hard work that has gone into developing our new hospital.”


The first services at Pinderfields Hospital opened in June 2010 and included the new Children’s Centre and the Rehabilitation Department for Physiotherapy andOccupational therapy as well as other outpatient services.


The final services moved into the new hospital in February/March this year including the new Adults and Children’s Emergency Departments and the new Children’s Ward. For the first time ever, the hospital now has a Consultant-led Maternity Unit as well as housing the Neonatal Intensive and High Dependency, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Children’s Inpatient Surgery specialist centres for the whole of Wakefield and North Kirklees.


Along with the new Pontefract Hospital, which was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in July 2010, the new hospitals are the single largest investment in local healthcare since the NHS was first set up. Alongside the excellent modern hospital in Dewsbury, these fantastic new buildings are transforming local patient care.


Notes to editors

  • The new Pinderfields Hospital is providing comprehensive care for the most seriously ill patients across the Wakefield district. In addition, following public consultation, new dedicated and purpose-built specialist centres for inpatient care are now provided from the new Pinderfields Hospital for patients from North Kirklees and the Wakefield district. The focus of the new Pontefract Hospital is on the majority of patients who are less seriously ill. The vast majority of patients continue to receive their care from the new Pontefract Hospital.


  • The new hospitals have been designed around the needs of patients, visitors, carers and staff and are modern, welcoming and accessible for everyone.


  • Along with the Trust’s excellent modern hospital in Dewsbury, the modern, high-tech new hospitals offer a number of key benefits for both patients and staff, including:


  • Improved privacy and dignity for patients. Around half of each general adult ward will be made up of single rooms and half of bays of four beds, all with ensuite facilities
  • Facilities designed to meet today’s high standards of cleanliness and hygiene
  • Modern equipment and technology improving the experience of both patients and staff
  • Natural daylight, fresh air (and outside views) to all the single rooms and bays
  • Landscaped areas, grounds and gardens for patients, carers, staff and visitors to enjoy
  • Easily accessible buildings for patients, staff and visitors to use and move around in
  • Excellent facilities and access for disabled patients and staff
  • Flexible design with the opportunity for change to reflect healthcare advances and developments.


  • The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s partner for the new hospitals is Consort Healthcare (Mid Yorkshire) Ltd, a partnership between Balfour Beatty and InfraRed. The new hospitals were designed and built by Balfour Beatty Construction. The company has developed major hospitals in London, Edinburgh, Fife, Durham and Blackburn.


  • Our new Pinderfields Hospital was joint winner in the ‘Best New Development Category’ at the Wakefield Civic Society Design Awards 2011. Our new Pontefract Hospital also received a runner-up commendation in the ‘Regeneration’ category and a ‘Special Commendation’ for the hospital grounds by the Pontefract Civic Society.