Leaders from various charitable and faith organisations in the Wakefield and North Kirklees districts have united to express their solidarity as a single community, extending their support for the Mid Yorkshire Teaching Trust MRI Appeal.

MY Hospitals Charity, the philanthropic branch of the Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust, which attends to over five hundred thousand patients annually across the region and at three medical facilities situated in Wakefield, Pontefract, and Dewsbury, is actively encouraging the local residents to rally behind the Appeal. Their goal is to secure the remaining £750,000 needed for the forthcoming enhancement of the diagnostic suite at Pinderfields Hospital, all by the conclusion of the current year.

During a recent gathering at Pinderfields Hospital, these leaders congregated and committed to collaboratively mobilise resources and efforts to meet the fundraising target of £6 million required for this developmental project, reinforcing their commitment as a cohesive community.

Richard Robinson, Chief Medical Officer for Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust said; “We are extremely grateful to have the support from faith leaders in our local community.

“In recent years, Mid Yorkshire has successfully introduced several innovative projects aimed at reducing the stress and anxiety associated with acute and emergency medicine. The approach has been practical and holistic, minimising waiting times and making it possible for patients to see a specialist and oncologist on the same day.

“The next major project is to fund and develop a radiology Diagnostic Suite at Pinderfields Hospital, to improve scanning capability for all patients at the Trust, improve the care of emergency, trauma and paediatric patients and take part in cutting-edge research.”

The much-needed Radiology Diagnostic Suite will include x-ray, ultrasound and CT scanners as well as a new generation, 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner. Much of the projected cost is funded by NHS grants and the Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust.

Richard continues; “The remaining £750,000 will go towards associated training costs, supporting equipment and improving the surrounding environment. We’re appealing to our local communities to help us raise the rest.”

Keith Ramsay, Chair of Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust said; “On behalf of Mid Yorks, I want to say a huge thank you to leaders from SKT Welfare, Ummah Welfare Trust, IMWS, One Nation, RCCL Community Centre, Sadaqah Jariyah Organisation Dewsbury, Rabeta Al Ulama Al Islamiyyah, and other local religious leaders for their continued support for our Trust.

“We have a shared vision to ensure our community has access to first-rate healthcare, facilities and services and that patients in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract have the same world-class diagnostic imaging as a patient in neighbouring cities and towns.

“Having the communities’ collective support is invaluable.”