STRUCTURE: Financially struggling Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has announced rapidly developed options for service reconfiguration.

Two options were published by the trust, working with the West Yorkshire primary care trust cluster and clinical commissioning groups.

It said one constituted “doing what needs to be done to improve services and ensure they continue to be clinically safe”, while the other meant “radically reorganising services across our hospital sites to make the best use of resources as well as ensuring safety and service improvements”.

The trust has three sites – Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, and Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals.

Under the first option, children’s services and consultant-led maternity services would be consolidated at Wakefield; urgent, complex and planned surgery would be reorganised across the three sites; with Pontefract accident and emergency (currently closed at night)
downgraded to an urgent care centre.

Under the second, more radical, option, all emergency and complex services would be brought to Pinderfields Hospital, with planned and diagnostic services increased at Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals, with both losing their full A&Es.

The trust has developed the plans after the arrival of new interim chief executive Stephen Eames in the spring.

Meanwhile, the trust has announced the A&E at Pontefract – which has been closed at night – will reopen from September.

Mid Yorkshire predicts a £26m deficit for 2012-13.