‘No threat to Dewsbury Hospital's A&E unit’

HEALTH chiefs have re-stated their position on Dewsbury District Hospital after confusion at a public meeting.

An official from the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was alleged to have claimed that proposals for A&E are not a ‘downgrade’.

Those attending the Healthwatch Kirklees meeting on May 22 were left scratching their heads.

In response the trust said their plans have not changed since the Government backed reducing A&E to a minor injuries unit in March last year.

Director of corporate planning and partnerships Caroline Griffiths set out how the system will work.

She said: “Our plans have always been to keep A&E services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Dewsbury District Hospital.

“Patients can continue to attend this hospital as needed and will be seen and treated here.

“We will have full resuscitation facilities available to support anyone who is seriously ill.”

Dewsbury will have resident consultants working during core hours, with an on-call out-of-hours outside these times.

Under the plans the unit will care for about 70 per cent of patients who currently attend A&E.

She said: “Patients who need to be admitted for further treatment will be transferred to the most appropriate care setting, which could be Pinderfields.

“Anyone who is critically ill or injured will be taken directly by ambulance to Pinderfields or the nearest hospital with specialist services.

“This means that we will be seeing the right patients in the right area at the right time.

“The majority of patients will therefore continue to be seen locally as they are now.”

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