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


Trust Chaiman meeting HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Left to right), Trust Chairman Ed Anderson,
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of
Wakefield Metropolitan District and Mayoress,
HRH The Duke of Gloucester and
Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
Trust Chaiman meeting HRH The Duke of Gloucester

(Left to right), Trust Commissioning Manager
Gordon Walker, Chairman Ed Anderson, HRH The
Duke of Gloucester, Children’s Occupational
Therapist Katie Latham and Children’s
Physiotherapist Barbara Haederle.

Trust Chaiman meeting HRH The Duke of Gloucester

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets guests
at the reception held to celebrate the official
opening of the new Pontefract Hospital. 

 Click here to see the dates for each of the services opening at Pontefract

The state-of-the-art new Pontefract Hospital was given the royal seal of approval when it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester yesterday (Wednesday 21 July).  

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited the new hospital, which started to open in January, to tour the new state-of-the-art facilities and meet with staff and patients. He also unveiled a plaque marking the opening of the new building.  

Ed Anderson, Chairman of the Trust, said: “What we are providing for patients in the new Pontefract Hospital is the same first class care but in first class facilities and we’re delighted that HRH The Duke of Gloucester officially opened the building.  

“Patients are already receiving their treatment in a modern environment designed around them. They are not only benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities but have faster access to their care and treatment because the new building has been designed to accommodate the latest technology and innovations in healthcare.  

“It is wonderful that HRH The Duke of Gloucester got to meet some of our dedicated staff and partners who have played their part in making this new hospital a reality, as well as hearing first-hand from patients about how the new facilities are improving their care and experience.”  

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester said a few words at the event and congratulated everyone who has played their part in the new hospital. He said that as an Architect, he is pleased to know that the new building “has been designed by the people who know what hospitals are for” and he hopes that everyone who sees the new hospital will see it as a “building of pride” after many years of hard work and planning.

The first services in Pontefract opened earlier this year including a range of Outpatient Services for children and adults as well as the new Inpatient Rehabilitation Ward. In June, local patients also started to access brand new services including a Midwife-Led Maternity Unit and MRI service. The new Renal Dialysis Service is also due to open later this year.  

Each of the Outpatient Services now open is already offering much improved modern facilities including bigger, purpose-built consulting and treatment rooms, dedicated waiting areas and receptions as well as the latest equipment and technology to support patient care and rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation patients staying overnight have access to more ensuite accommodation and single rooms to enhance privacy and dignity and a new day room and dining area to aid their recovery.  

All patients and visitors are benefiting from a new relaxing environment with bright, light courtyards and landscaped garden areas as well as the new ‘Street Café’ for dining and refreshments.  

The remainder of hospital services in Pontefract open in January 2011 when the new Pinderfields Hospital will also be fully open. At Pontefract, these remaining services include medical assessment beds in the Clinical Decision Unit, Short-Stay Surgery, Theatres and the Emergency Department. 

Notes to editors:

  • When the new hospitals are fully open, the new Pinderfields Hospital will provide comprehensive care for all patients, including the most seriously ill, with the focus of the new Pontefract Hospital being on the majority of hospital patients who are less seriously ill. The majority of hospital care will continue to be provided locally and there are also plans to introduce new and specialist services. 
  • The two modern hospitals in Pontefract and Wakefield represent the single largest investment in local healthcare since the NHS was set up.
  • 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 building the new hospitals is Consort Healthcare (Mid Yorkshire) Ltd, a partnership between Balfour Beatty and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Balfour Beatty promotes, manages and invests in infrastructure projects and developments in selected centres in the UK and overseas. The company has developed four major hospitals, teaching hospitals in London and Edinburgh, a large district hospital in Durham and a new acute hospital in Blackburn.