Hospital is open

The new Pinderfields Hospital atrium
The new Pinderfields Hospital atrium

THE final services moved into the new Pinderfields Hospital this week, with the opening of the new clinical haematology ward on Tuesday.

The £300m new hospitals project, which also saw a new hospital built in Pontefract, is the single largest investment in local healthcare since the NHS was set up more than 60 years ago. The process of moving to the new Pinderfields began last summer and now all the staff and services have moved over from the old outdated building.

Julia Squire, chief executive at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust, said: “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.”

NHS Wakefield District’s chief executive, Alan Wittrick, also paid tribute to the staff. He said:  “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 21st century.”

This week the hospital chapel, part of the multi-faith centre, was dedicated in a service led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

The Archbishop said: “I would like to thank all those involved in creating this beautiful new chapel and other places of faith, for helping patients, visitors and staff in need, turn to their faith and gain spiritual comfort.

“The new hospital itself is remarkable too. It’s absolutely breathtaking and I hope that this new environment will help to heal those who are unwell much quicker too.”