After successfully securing Government funding in 2022, construction work will officially commence in late July for the brand-new Surgical Treatment and Diagnostic Hub at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

The cutting-edge centre is one of 50 new hubs set to open nationwide, with the aim of addressing surgical backlogs caused by Covid, significantly expanding capacity, reducing waiting lists, and enhancing patient care.

It is projected that the Surgical Treatment and Diagnostic Hub will provide over 65,000 additional episodes of care annually.

Len Richards, the Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Dewsbury Hospital, and we take pride in developing this hub to not only improve our backlog situation but also to offer state-of-the-art facilities to patients throughout the region.”

The hub will be designed to offer a wide array of high-volume, low-complexity treatments, including surgical procedures, diagnostic services, and outpatient care. It will also integrate the latest technologies and equipment to ensure that patients receive the highest standard of care.

Len further added, “We are fully committed to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients, and this new hub is just one of the many initiatives we are undertaking to achieve this objective. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the positive impact it will have on our patients and staff.”

The construction of the hub, which will be modularly built offsite, will be situated between the Boothroyd Centre and Fitton House, directly across from the Staincliffe Wing at Dewsbury Hospital. Patient parking will be affected, with the nearest public parking available in front of the main entrance to the Ridings Building.

It is estimated that the hub will become operational from April 2024 onwards.