Winter plan revealed for Pinderfields - extra beds in place as part of £500k investment

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Extra beds are being put in place at Pinderfields Hospital to cope with the rising demand during winter.

NHS bosses have invested £500,000 in measures to ease the pressure on Pinderfields as cold weather leads to more attendances at accident and emergency.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said 39 extra beds would be in place, along with extra support from GPs, therapists and social services, to ease demand on its services.

Health bosses said they were treating around 650 people a day at A&E units in Pontefract, Wakefield and Dewsbury, with around 140 needing admission to hospital.

Cold weather was expected to lead to more winter-related illnesses and broken bones caused by falls in icy conditions.

The measures have been put in place by Trust bosses and NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Tim Birch, Mid Yorkshire’s associate director of emergency planning, said: “This year we’ve worked with the CCG on a plan to help ease that additional pressure by putting extra services in place for patients so they are not adversely affected by the seasonal demands.”

The extra beds include including 12 “surge beds” which can be made available at short notice at Pinderfields.

Pinderfields will have an additional 12 weekend beds and 15 rehabilitation beds to help patients return home as soon as possible following hospital admission.

Another 15 beds will be in place at the West Ridings Residential and Nursing Home in Outwood to help patients recover following hospital admission.