Hospital changes report published

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chariman of the Wakefield Allliance Consortium.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, chariman of the Wakefield Allliance Consortium.

Public responses to proposed changes to hospital services in the district have been published in a new report out this week.

The report, which was produced by an independent organisation, brings together all the responses from public meetings, group discussions, face-to-face interviews, questionnaires, telephone polling, along with emails and letters.

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS North Kirklees CCG held the three-month Meeting the Challenge consultation to look at plans to change how hospital services are provided.

Under the proposals, Pinderfields Hospital would become an acute and complex care centre, with Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals providing outpatient, rehabilitation and elective surgery.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of Wakefield CCG, said: “The consultation gave us an opportunity to talk to a wide range of people and organisations.

“We had many constructive conversations about what needs to change, and what we want to achieve in future.

“The report brings all of this together and we’ll be considering this carefully before making any decisions about implementing the consultation proposals.”

The report found respondents evenly divided on whether they thought the proposals would achieve the desired aims and generally supported in principle the idea of specialising care.

However, there were concerns raised about changes to Dewsbury Hospital, relating to transport and travel, access to care and concerns about the capacity of Pinderfields to cope if more services are centralised there.

Representatives from health trusts, along with patient and public representatives, have been invited to an event on July 2 to review the report.

The recommendations from this event will be published in early July and will be discussed at a public meeting of the CCGs on July 25.

Visit www.meetingthechallenge.co.uk to read the full report.