Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are proposing changes at hospitals in Huddersfield and Calderdale funded by £196m allocated to the trust in 2019. The proposed plans will see the lions share of the investment going to Calderdale Royal Hospital, with only a fraction of the budget being invested at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, specifically in a new A&E department, improvements to some wards and theatres, new cladding and fire safety improvements.
Although we will always welcome investment in our Hospitals and NHS services, we believe there is a high price to be paid by HRI and Huddersfield residents with these proposals.
Under the proposed scheme:
- ALL blue light A&E cases will be directed to Calderdale Royal
- ALL in-patient services will be delivered at Calderdale Royal
- HRI will become in effect a glorified walk-in centre that only treats out-patients and non-urgent cases
- The modest investment in HRI does nothing to give us confidence that the long-term future of the hospital is secure
- If delivered as is, it will result in an effective downgrading of the Hospital, a reduction in choice for Kirklees residents, increased pressure on the already congested route to Calderdale Royal with a potential impact on patient safety in blue light situations
On this basis, we will be fighting to ensure that NO services are downgraded at HRI.
We would like to know what you think. You can find more details on the proposals at the links below -
HRI - Click Here
CRH - Click Here
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