MP Yvette Cooper has officially opened a new orthopaedic unit at Pontefract Hospital as part of a move to bring more services to the town.
The unit, which has two new theatres and dedicated beds, will carry out planned joint replacement surgery, in a bid to put more services in Pontefract.
Carole Langrick, chief operating officer for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This new unit means we now have a specialist facility for planned orthopaedic surgery, improving care for patients across the area.
“The facility means that not only can we focus emergency surgery at Pinderfields Hospital, but also ensures there is a much lower chance of patients having planned operations cancelled to make way for emergency care patients.
“Along with the new facilities, the trust has also invested more in staff, including advanced nurse practitioners, who are highly qualified nurses best placed for this type of care.”
Specialist orthopaedic work will be carried out at Pinderfields, including unplanned surgery and inpatient surgery for children. It will also care for people with more complex needs.