Doctors have announced proposals for extra clinics for cancer patients as part of vital plans to provide care closer to home.
The moves are part of a huge reorganisation of hospital services in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract areas which are run by the deficit-ridden Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The extra lymphoedema clinics are being set up at the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital to meet growing demand for care.
Doctors have said it is a major success for one of the first services to provide care closer to home in the area which is a key aim of the revamp.
The GP-led NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it had quadrupled capacity to four days a month because patients with the condition which causes swelling to limbs – many of them in remission from cancer – want to access services locally.
Until the clinics were set up, patients travelled to Pontefract for treatment – leaving many who needed help and support unwilling or unable to travel so far.
David Kelly, chairman of the CCG, said: “The lymphoedema service at the Rosewood Centre has been overwhelmed by the number of patients coming forward for help to manage their condition.
Waiting lists for assessment appointments were extending out to months, so I’m pleased that we’ve been able to arrange extra weekly clinics.
“This creates the capacity we need to manage existing and anticipated demand from local patients.”
The Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Centre helps people with life limiting illness and their carers adjust to limitations caused by their illness and offers support for any social and psychological problems.
Under the reorganisation of services in the area Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield will become the main centre for emergency inpatient care, with both Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals taking a greater role in dealing with planned care.
More treatment will be provided in community clinics or at home.