MP welcomes return of services to Pontefract after 3 year campaign

Published at: May 16, 2013 3:44 PM

Orthopaedic_Unit_100513.jpgLocal MP Yvette Cooper has welcomed the return of orthopedic surgery to Pontefract hospital after a three year campaign to restore services to Pontefract Hospital.

Campaigners have been fighting to return operations to Pontefract that were promised in the consultations some years ago.

This unit will carry out hip and knee operations for the whole of the Wakefield area and means that Pontefract becomes a proper orthapaedic elective centre with more beds and support, instead of only covering day surgery.

However Yvette is continuing to press the surgeons to bring their outpatient appointments back to Pontefract and also to stop 200 beds being lost in total across the Trust.

Yvette Cooper MP said:

“This means more beds and operations back at Pontefract as the Trust originally promised some years ago. It is a tribute to local residents who have campaigned for this and I am glad the new management have listened.

"This new centre is a really good resource, and the staff have worked really hard to get it up and running. It means patients can get their hip or knee operations done in a dedicated local centre and should stop a lot of the last minute cancellations because there aren't enough beds.

"But I also pressed the consultants to hold their clinics in Pontefract too, because it is absurd and unfair for patients to have to travel to Pinderfields for a follow up appointment when the operations are done here at home."

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