Hospital bosses’ double tonic for patients

Hospital bosses’ double tonic for patients

HEALTH chiefs are trumpeting a double boost for patients and visitors at Dewsbury District Hospital.

An hourly free shuttle bus was launched on Wednesday, just days after new A&E waiting time figures came out.

The 113 minibus service is being run by a Leeds firm with funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

The move has come from the public consultation on plans to cut some services at the Staincliffe site.

Residents felt there was no reliable way of getting to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield or Pontefract Hospital without a car.

GPs made the idea a condition of their backing for the loss of full A&E and maternity units at Dewsbury.

As a result the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has brought in the shuttle service, that will run between the three hospitals from Monday.

It operates from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 1pm-8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Coun Eric Firth (Lab, Dewsbury East) backed the move as part of his role on the WYCA’s transport committee.

He said: “It will help people make trips to other hospitals for free and without having to change bus along the way.”

Meanwhile, trust chief executive Stephen Eames thanked staff for their efforts on A&E waiting times.

Figures show Mid Yorkshire has beaten its target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

Despite Dewsbury’s A&E facing cuts, NHS data for the week ending July 6 showed the trust still had the fifth busiest casualty wards in the country.

Director of emergency and elective services Neil Clark said: “The trust has made radical improvements.

“One example is providing GPs with direct access to consultants to direct patients to the right service before they even arrive at the hospital.

“This improves the patient journey from admission to discharge to enable bed availability for the next emergency admission.”

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