Proposed changes to services
– Pinderfields will continue to provide consultant-led emergency care with full resuscitation facilities and deal with critically ill and injured patients. Both Dewsbury and Pontefract Hospitals will have and Urgent Care Centre staffed with a mix of doctors and advanced nurse practitioners. There would also be consultants during the day and on-call as well as full resuscitation facilities available. The three hospitals would operate as an emergency care network.
– Consultant-led maternity care will be centralised at Pinderfields Hospital, with midwife-led units at Dewsbury, Pontefract and Pinderfields. Antenatal (before the birth) and postnatal care (after the baby has been born) would still be provided locally at all three hospitals and in GP practices and community clinics.
– Neo-natal services (for very poorly and premature babies) would be located with consultant-led maternity care at Pinderfields.
– Inpatient services for children would be centralised at Pinderfields Hospital. This includes surgery for children, which is already centralised at Pinderfields, and inpatient medical care. Dewsbury would have a short stay unit for children who may need to be observed by a clinical team for a few hours.
– Complex, emergency and major surgery(generally requiring the backup of critical care) would take place in Pinderfields. Dewsbury Hospital would offer most planned inpatient surgery (including orthopaedics from the Dewsbury area) but there would be no emergency or complex surgery. Pontefract Hospital would offer planned orthopaedic operations, including those requiring an inpatient stay and some short-stay surgery from other surgical specialties.
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