Staff at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley have been hard at work making a promotional video to showcase the range of services the site has to offer and encourage people to “think local”.
Aimed in particular at patients and GPs in Wharfedale, north west Leeds and the fringes of Bradford and Harrogate, it is intended to promote patient choice and show that a wide range of facilities and treatments are available on site.
Areas of the hospital featured on the video include outpatients, pre-assessment, the day surgery ward, operating theatres, the minor injuries unit, diabetes centre, radiology department and endoscopy.
The video is narrated by Lisa Horrox, a staff nurse from the hospital.
Richard Dalton, senior charge nurse on Ward 1, who co-ordinated the filming, commented: “Wharfedale Hospital is a brilliant local facility and we have a great team across the site providing care to a wide range of patients in a modern, friendly environment.
“One thing staff who work in the hospital find is that many people in the area are not sure what’s here.  That means they don’t know they can choose us when they need to come to hospital for day case surgery, outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests and so on.
“Many local GPs also may not know the full range of services we offer, so we thought by making this video and distributing it as widely as possible we would raise awareness and remind people that Wharfedale Hospital is a great option to choose.  We are proud of our hospital and hope this comes across in the video.”
Clare Smith, Assistant Director of Operations at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Wharfedale Hospital has a long history of serving the community and is well situated for people from a wide geographical area to travel to, with good public transport links and car parking facilities.
“The majority of hospital visits are for less complex outpatient appointments and day case operations and if local people can avoid the need to travel into Leeds or another busy town or city that is likely to be more convenient and less stressful.
“We particularly want to encourage more people in communities such as Ilkley, Burley, Guiseley, Menston, Yeadon, Rawdon, Horsforth, Bramhope, Wetherby, Baildon, Shipley and nearby parts of the Harrogate district to talk to their GP about the possibilities of being seen at Wharfedale Hospital – and we also welcome patients from anywhere in Leeds.
“Wharfedale is a really good hospital with staff who are dedicated to creating the best patient experience possible.”
The video can be viewed by visiting the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Youtube page.

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