Town’s new £60m hospital fully open

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ALL services in a £60m hospital have fully opened for use.

A radiology department and pharmacy were the last services to open to patients at the Friarwood Road hospital on Monday March 7 – just more than a year after the new hospital first opened its doors.

On Tuesday March 8, the clinical haematology ward was the last service to be open at Wakefield’s new £240m Pinderfields Hospital after the revamp.

Julia Squire, chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, said: “We are delighted that both our new hospitals are now fully open and that our patients are benefiting from some of the best hospital facilities in the country.

“Our new hospitals have been carefully designed around patients, visitors and staff and offer greater comfort and the latest technology and equipment to provide the best possible care and experience.

“I want to thank our staff who have worked extremely hard to get us to this point and successfully managed the mammoth task of ensuring that our services and patients moved into our new hospitals smoothly.”

The new Pontefract Hospital, built through a private finance initiative with Consort Healthcare, focuses on patients who are less seriously ill. The trust has pledged that nine out of ten people who were previously treated at the site will continue to receive their care in the town, while the most seriously ill patients will be treated at Pinderfields Hospital.

Alan Wittrick, chief executive of NHS Wakefield District, said:  “I’d like to pay tribute to all the staff who’ve been involved in the mammoth task of making the move from the old hospitals to the new. 

“It has been an amazing effort, and the culmination of years of planning and preparation.

“Along with the development of new and extended health services across the community, these fantastic new hospitals mean that local people really are getting healthcare fit for the 21st century.”

Visit www.midyorks.nhs.uk to find the locations and see all the services provided by the new hospitals.