A £22m deal that will lead to cuts in services at a remodelled Dewsbury District Hospital has been won by the Kier Group.
The construction firm has agreed the private finance contract for a new main entrance and the demolition of major buildings.
Under the plan, the Bronte Tower and Staincliffe Wing are deemed surplus to requirements.
In total, 250 beds will go at Dewsbury, the A&E department will be reduced to a minor injuries unit and maternity downgraded to midwife-led.
Work to be completed by the summer of 2018 involves bringing remaining services together under one roof.
Seriously-ill patients would be taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Last week, health chiefs spelled out again how A&E will work in future, after confusion at a public meeting about the downgrade.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Stephen Eames defended the changes.
In March last year he said: “I want to reaffirm what I’ve said all along, that we are not planning to close Dewsbury District Hospital.
“We announced a £20m investment at Dewsbury in October (2013). I believe these changes will secure its future.”
Kier will carry out the work in two phases, first moving services into the Ridings building and service centre later this year and then building the new entrance.
By 2017, Dewsbury will lose 250 beds and Pinderfields will gain 80 (a net reduction of 170).
The Kier Group said the changes, which they dubbed “exciting”, would offer a “more streamlined” service for patients.
Kevin Oxley, Mid Yorkshire’s director of capital projects, said: “Kier have a long and distinguished track record in hospital redevelopment and new builds.
“We look forward to them bringing their experience and expertise to this important project.”
Work will take up to four years
HEALTH chiefs renewed their defence of demolishing parts of Dewsbury District Hospital.
After stating last March a £22m investment would “secure the hospital’s future”, bosses spelled out what those plans involve.
In addition to a new main entrance, Dewsbury gets:
• Three new medical and surgical wards;
• New rehabilitation and physiotherapy centre;
• Ante-natal care and early pregnancy assessment unit;
• Midwife-led birthing unit;
• Outpatient departments for children, cardio-respiratory and gynaecology;
• Day case units for oncology and medical and renal dialysis.
Surgical theatres will be revamped, alongside a new ambulatory emergency care unit.
Caroline Griffiths, director of corporate planning at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said work will take up to four years.
She said: “This redevelopment demonstrates our dedication to delivering healthcare to the North Kirklees population in a modern and fit-for-purpose environment.
“The changes will allow the services that are currently situated in the older parts of the site – Bronte Tower and the Staincliffe Building – to be re-provided within the main Ridings and Boothroyd buildings.
“As part of these changes, a new front entrance will be developed which will include new restaurant, retail facilities and a new waiting area.”