We will ensure that there is a vibrant hospital in Dewsbury, providing as much local care as possible, delivered alongside excellent community services. Following a public consultation – Meeting the Challenge – a range of changes are now underway at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, these are part of a three year programme designed to improve and modernise care and provide as much support as possible in the community, closer to where people live and work.
These changes are not unique to the North Kirklees area. Many NHS organisations across the country are looking at how hospital services are provided and making sure that they meet local needs, are of a high standard, and are safe and sustainable over the long term.
By 2017, more people will be using services in Dewsbury and District Hospital than at present. The number and range of planned operations, outpatient appointments and diagnostic tests offered at Dewsbury will increase and all outpatient appointments will be offered locally where this is clinically appropriate. Specialist and complex care will be centralised at Pinderfields General Hospital. This will improve quality and safety by ensuring that there are sufficient skilled staff with the right resources around them to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These changes will save more lives, improve patient experience, and ensure that high quality services can be maintained over the longer term. They go hand in hand with improvements in community-based services being delivered as part of our care closer to home programme of work.
Further information about changes to services at Dewsbury and District Hospital can be found at www.midyorks.nhs.uk/better-hospitals/
You can find more about the public consultation here https://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/meeting-the-challenge-ahr