EXTRA beds will ease pressure on busy hospitals during freezing conditions this winter, health bosses have said.
Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield will get an additional 37 beds as Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust prepares for an increase in demand.
A fifth bed will be added to existing four-bedded bay areas which were designed to accommodate an extra bed when the hospital was built, trust bosses said.
At Pontefract Hospital, 10 new beds will be opened on a rehabilitation ward where patients will be transferred before being discharged.
Carole Langrick, Mid Yorkshire’s chief operating officer, said: “Winter is always a challenging time for hospitals and we saw the opportunity to plan ahead to take some of the strain off Pinderfields.”
Patients are also being encouraged to stock up on medicines for minor ailments and visit their GP, NHS walk-in centre or pharmacist instead of hospital A&E departments if their condition is not critical or life-threatening.
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