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Our Hospitals and Community Services

Our Hospitals

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust runs a network of hospital services across three sites at Pinderfields, Dewsbury and Pontefract.

2011 saw us complete a major hospital development programme, which involved opening new, state-of-the-art hospitals in Wakefield (Pinderfields) and Pontefract, which include brightly lit atriums, spacious waiting areas and treatment rooms, landscaped spaces and new technology to help speed up care. 

Dewsbury and District Hospital

Our Dewsbury site is where we carry out more of our planned surgery. The hospital has a busy outpatient clinic and a new multi-million pound midwife led birth unit.

Dewsbury is also where rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions or who have suffered a stroke, takes place and we have a dedicated children’s assessment service to reduce the time children spend in hospital.

Dewsbury Hospital is also undergoing a transformation, with around £20m being spent on improvements and redevelopment. This has already provided the new children’s assessment unit, and there will be new medical wards, a new surgical ward - with dedicated beds for people who have had surgery to joints or bones - upgraded operating theatres in a new complex, increased outpatient clinics, new day case units, a new pathology lab, specialist diagnostic equipment and new office facilities. This will complement the existing buildings to help transform local patient care

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Pinderfields Hospital

Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, is the main centre for people who are seriously ill. It is a designated Major Trauma Unit, where urgent and emergency surgery is carried out and has a helicopter landing site close to the Emergency Department.

The hospital is also home to the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (YRSIC), one of 12 specialist spinal injury centres in the United Kingdom. The 32 bed unit admits approximately 120 newly injured patients each year.

In addition, we have a Regional Adult’s Burns Centre and Regional Children’s Burns Unit, which serve a population of approximately 3.5 million people across West, North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, serviced by 19 emergency departments and managing over 150 patients every year - often with major and life-threatening burns – as well as 1,800 outpatients.

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Pontefract Hospital

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.

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.

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Our Community Services

Our community teams take great pride in providing delivering patient-centred care, predominantly in patients’ own homes in the Wakefield and district footprint. 

Our adult community teams of highly skilled district nurses, senior nurses, staff nurses and health care assistants care for patients at various stages of their healthcare journey, helping them to manage their illness at home. Our teams are trained to deliver a range of clinical treatments/interventions such as wound care management, end-of-life care as well as working with GPs to deliver ongoing management of patients with long-term health conditions. Self-management and promoting independence is at the heart of everything we do, and a large part of the community nursing role is to work closely with GPs to manage and support patients with complex medication requirements.

Working in partnership with our other adult community services, our integrated care team works 24/7, 365 days per year providing nursing/care visits to our patients, supporting early discharge from hospital and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions through providing support in a patient’s own home. We also have an urgent response team, which responds to urgent nursing and therapy needs, as well as supporting patients on discharge from hospital. Referrals can be received from acute hospitals, general practitioners, patients and carers.

In addition, we have the community-based MY Therapy rehabilitation service, consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and therapy support staff, whose aim is to facilitate hospital discharge and support patients to optimise their independence in their place of residence. Its speciality services include: a neurology team, a specialist respiratory physiotherapy service, a specialist cardiac rehabilitation service, generic therapy services and a specialist dietitian service.

We also have the Wakefield Intermediate Care Unit, a 26-bedded inpatient rehabilitation unit, which provides nursing care 24/7 accompanied by therapy input for those who need extra support, care and rehabilitation before they go home or to the place where they normally live.

Our community paediatrics team consists of therapists, paediatricians, nurses and specialist nurses, who work collaboratively with our hospital-based acute paediatric teams and other specialist community clinicians and services to provide expert care. The team has experience in many areas, including children with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning difficulties and behavioural or developmental issues, as well as providing medical expertise for things such as adoption processes, youth offending, continence and nurse services for sleep disorders. The paediatric service also has excellent links with the schools and special schools in the area.