Specialist unit plan for hospital

TWO centres of excellence could be created at Dewsbury and District Hospital under proposals announced this week.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust wants to move its neurological rehabilitation unit to the hospital and make it a specialist centre for orthopaedics.

The Trust also hopes to move some of its opthalmology services, including glaucoma, medical retina and cataract services, from Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield to Pontefract.

Interim chief executive Stephen Eames said: “These are very important changes we are proposing and will pave the way for us to develop centres of excellence. They will improve the efficiency of the services and help us to make much better use of the hospital buildings we have available.”

Health bosses want local people to give their views before August 16. If the changes are made, patients from north Kirklees and Wakefield recovering from conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease would all be treated at Dewsbury.

Dewsbury would also be developed as a specialist centre for bone and joint surgery with Pontefract offering a similar service. To read the full proposals visit info, www.kirklees.nhs.uk/hospitalchanges or call 01484 464079 for a printed copy.