NHS bosses have unveiled details of investment worth £20 million at Dewsbury’s hospital under a controversial shake-up of services.
Managers say improvements will include a new main entrance, new midwife-led birth centre, redesigned A&E unit, upgraded operating theatres and better equipment including a new MRI scanner. Older parts of the hospital including the Bronte Tower and Staincliffe Wing would be sold off as surplus to requirements. The changes over four years will come as part of a package which will see full maternity services withdrawn in Dewsbury and the casualty department no longer dealing with 999 patients. Services will instead be transferred to Wakefield. Councillors have objected to the plans and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will now decide on the matter. Discussions are taking place with local GPs about developing a walk-in service for patients with more minor problems. David Kelly, chairman of the North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If people are telling us that the hospital can be the most convenient place for them to see a GP then it makes sense for us also to look at options around providing primary care facilities there.”