Fears over spinal unit at Pinderfields Hospital

A campaign has been launched to stop the spinal injuries centre at Pinderfields being closed under a review of services.
A campaign has been launched to stop the spinal injuries centre at Pinderfields being closed under a review of services.
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FEARS have been raised over the future of a spinal injuries unit at Pinderfields Hospital.

A campaign has been launched to save the Yorkshire and Humberside Spinal Injuries Centre after it was included in a review of hospital services.

Newly-formed campaign group Keep Spinal Injuries at Pinderfields (KSIP) fears that the unit, which specialises in spinal cord injuries, including Paralympic athletes, could be moved to another hospital.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust could not guarantee the future of the centre, which is one of 11 specialist spinal units in the UK.

Former patient and (KSIP) chairman Kevan Baker said: “Thousands of people have been treated at the unit. Pinderfields has an association with spinal injuries and is nationally and internationally renowned for it.”

The £2m centre was opened after charity Stepping Stones raised money to build the unit over 20 years.

Mr Baker said: “The question is, what would happen to the money raised from the public goodwill of the people of Yorkshire and businesses in Wakefield?”

Julia Squire, chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said all services were under review as the trust drew up a five-year clinical services strategy.

She said: “We are engaging with local people, service users and staff before making any proposals for formal consultation.

“The spinal injuries service is highly valued by its users and Stepping Stones are an important partner for the Trust. No changes will be proposed without detailed discussions with all interested parties. At this stage the trust cannot rule out changes for any of its services.”