The Bronte Tower
On 6th July 2016 the Governing Bodies of Kirklees and Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Groups met in the Rams Stadium, Dewsbury, to approve their decision for Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, to move Acute services except for Acute Medicine, from Dewsbury District Hospital to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. The Joint Kirklees and Wakefield Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee wrote a report in 2013 which concluded that this move was not in the best interests of the local population. This report was discounted by the decision makers at Coalition Government level. But it was not ignored by us. The Bronte Tower, home to the Consultant led Maternity facilities, pictured above, will close in September to be replaced by a newly built six bed midwife led unit, for 550 low risk births per year. However, the difference between a low risk and a high risk birth can be as little as 6 minutes. A FOI question to Yorkshire Ambulance Service revealed that as of April 2016 they did not know how many extra ambulance hours, or indeed vehicles would be needed to cope with the changes. They were still ‘working with’ the CCGs and Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust at that time.
Babies are born on the Elland bypass, as mums in labour travel from Huddersfield and surrounding districts, to Halifax’s Calderdale Royal Hospital. There is a midwife led unit at Huddersfield. We await developments between Dewsbury and Pinderfields.