New emergency unit opens at Pinderfields Hospital to speed up patient treatment

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A new emergency unit has been opened to speed up the treatment and discharge of patients at Pinderfields Hospital.

Hospital bosses say patients who would previously be admitted to hospital are being diagnosed, treated and sent home the same day at the emergency day care unit.

Patients with non-life threatening conditions can be referred directly to the new unit by GPs.

And GPs can also telephone a consultant running the unit for advice about treatment.

Dr Richard Shepherd, head of clinical service for the emergency day care unit, said: “It is a way of making sure patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

“It also means hospital beds are kept for people who really need them.”

The unit, which is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, opened this week as bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust seek to cut the number of hospital beds in a restructure of services.

The reorganisation will see critically-ill and injured patients transferred to Pinderfields from Dewsbury Hospital, which will have its A&E department downgraded to an urgent care centre.

An emergency day care unit is also set to open at Dewsbury in the autumn as part of the shake-up.

Dr Shepherd said the new units would help avoid unnecessary transfers of patients between the two hospitals.