A&E reopening on track

The new Pontefract hospitals A+E department, that does not open 24/7'p7627e204
The new Pontefract hospitals A+E department, that does not open 24/7'p7627e204

PONTEFRACT’S accident and emergency department is on course to reopen at night in September.

Hospital chiefs announced plans in May to reopen the overnight service with specialist GPs and nurses.

Ruth Unwin, director of development at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said this week: “We’ve completed the tender process and we are optimistic we can still reopen in September as planned.

“Everything is on track, there is a bidder that is able to provide the service we want, within the time frame required.”

Pontefract A&E closed last November between 10pm and 8am due to a “staff shortage”. The Express launched a Save Our A&E campaign to get a full-time consultant-led service reinstated at the hospital, with more than 2,700 people signing our petition so far.

The contract to provide GP-led services is expected to last 12 months and is unaffected by the current clinical services strategy review the trust is currently undertaking.

Ms Unwin added: “We know whatever we do in terms of the longer term is planned for implementation in the next five years, and we have always said this is a short-term solution.”

The trust is still completing the tendering process and is in the final stage of negotiation with bidders.