Travelling to and from Pinderfields Hospital
Pinderfields Hospital is located just a mile from the centre of Wakefield, a city on the banks of the River Calder, in West Yorkshire, England. Access to the hospital by road is relatively straightforward as it sits close to the A642 and is served by Arriva bus services, which cover an area that includes Wakefield, Castleford, Leeds and Pontefract.
Although there has been a hospital on the site since 1900, Pinderfields Hospital, as it is today, was officially opened in September 2011. As well as being a general hospital with 639 beds, it is home to a regional burns unit, a specialist neonatal unit and the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (YRSIC).
The hospital is also a designated Major Trauma Unit, which is reflected in the presence of a helicopter landing site nearby. This helps it to deal with the more serious emergency cases from a much wider radius.
Nobody ever wants to have to visit a hospital, of course, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. The good news for anyone visiting Pinderfields is the hospital is within easy travelling distance of several local attractions.
The Hepworth Wakefield gallery is an architecturally stunning cultural landmark on the banks of the River Calder, just over 2 miles away. It displays modern pieces from artists all over the world and showcases the work of local sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Diggerland Yorkshire is just 7 miles away in Castleford and kids, in particular, will love the chance to drive a digger truck, work a bulldozer or even take a ride in the scoop of a giant JCB.
A little further away – just over 10 miles – you’ll find Pontefract racecourse, which hosts at least 15 race meetings a year, including several themed family days with added attractions, like pony rides and fireworks.
Just 10 miles away, via the M1, you can find the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. This museum brings together stunning displays on the theme of arms and armour, which are spread out over five floors in a stunning location on the waterfront at Leeds Dock. There’s more than enough here to spend a whole day exploring, including hunting through the ages, weapons seen in The Lord of the Rings films and live displays of activities, such as jousting and archery.