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Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Charity

Providing Better Access & Brighter Outcomes For The People Of Yorkshire

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Charity (MYHC) supports the work of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which operates from sites in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury. Like many hospital charities recovering from the impact of the pandemic, MYHC is now looking at its next set of funding priorities.

World-class Radiology at Wakefield

Pinderfields, in Wakefield, is the largest of the Trust’s three hospitals and a designated ‘hot site’ for acute and urgent care. It provides an exceptional quality of service to more than 127,000 patients attending its Emergency Department each year. Over 58,000 of these are A&E admissions and at least 35% will require some form of medical imaging. Others may be attending as outpatients and seeking diagnosis or treatment for serious illnesses such as cancer. Whatever their reasons for admission, patients are usually in the grip of a potentially life-changing situation; one that demands a highly effective response where speed is of the essence. In this extremely pressured context, time spent with the radiology team is often critical to achieving the best outcome for both patients and their families. This is why the charity’s next major project at Pinderfields is to fund a new generation, 3.0 Tesla MRI (Phillips) scanner.

Transforming the patient experience

The new scanner, together with associated training costs and improvements to the surrounding clinical environment is expected to cost as much as £1.5m and is part of a wider £4.5m redevelopment of the hospital’s radiology suite. Amy Stevens, who led the feasibility study for the project earlier this year said, “In many ways, the purchase of this new scanner is about levelling up. It’s about creating better access to services that already exist elsewhere and cause real anxiety when they’re not available locally.”

If you are an NHS charity looking to improve facilities or invest in new equipment, why not get in touch with one of our directors and request an exploratory conversation about the next fundraising steps.