: Waiting for next track...

: Waiting for next track...

New beds for Wharfedale Hospital?

New beds for Wharfedale Hospital?

Published at 12:12pm 9th July 2015. (Updated at 10:32am 15th July 2015)

A 40-bed community intermediate care service could be opened at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley.

It would provide patients with improved short-term non-acute care and ensure easier access to services.

In January, local MP Greg Mulholland wrote to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust expressing concern that two wards were being left empty and that people had to travel all the way into Leeds, only to face long waiting times.

The Support Wharfedale Hospital Campaign has opposed both wards being closed down.

Mr Mulholland said: "I welcome that the possibility of 40 new beds at Wharfedale Hospital is now being properly looked at. I have long called for unused wards at the hospital to be brought into use so patients don’t have to travel all the way into Leeds and face long waiting times, all the while there is a modern local hospital with unused wards.

"This has long been a matter of frustration for residents in Otley and the surrounding areas, including Wharfedale, Aireborough and North West Leeds. Local residents and I will be hoping these discussions are productive and that this important facility can be introduced as soon as possible so that proper use is made of the hospital."

Leeds City Councillor Sandy Lay added: "This announcement is testament to what can be achieved when we all get together for the good of the community.

"Working with our MP, we achieved what some told us we couldn't do. It is why now I am asking everyone and every civic leader to get behind the Support Wharfedale Hospital Campaign."