A&E fury after accident outside our hospital gates

Corner of Huddersfield Road and Dudwell Lane, outside Calderdale Royal Hospital
Corner of Huddersfield Road and Dudwell Lane, outside Calderdale Royal Hospital
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Halifax MP has hit questioned why a woman hit by a car yards away from Calderdale Royal Hospital was taken to Huddersfield for treatment.

The accident happened on Huddersfield Road at the junction with Dudwell Lane on Tuesday at 9.30am.

The woman had got off a bus and was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg but instead of being treated at Calderdale Royal Hospital she was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan said: “I am seeking some urgent answers from the Trust. On the face of it, this seems an illogical thing to do.

“It is a very worrying development when we have an excellent A & E unit in Calderdale.

“My thoughts are with the lady and I hope, if necessary, a full justification and apology is given to her by the Trust.”

Eyewitness Nancy Hartley, who owns OC’s Cafe, which is next to the bus stop where the accident happened, said: “I happened to glance outside and saw the ambulance pulling away and it went straight down the hill rather than turning right into the hospital which was strange.

“I don’t know whether she needed some specialist treatment that they do at Huddersfield, because I know they have got different department.”

A spokesperson for the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said that while both hospitals have Accident and Emergency centres it had been the policy of YAS since 2005 to take more serious emergencies to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.