Drop-in session today on A&E shake-up proposed for Calderdale and Huddersfield

Calderdale Royal Hospital Accident and Emergency.
Calderdale Royal Hospital Accident and Emergency.

People are invited to find out more about proposed changes to hospital services at an event in Hebden Bridge today.

NHS bosses will hold a public information session at the town hall, on St George’s Street, from 2pm-8pm as part of a consultation on plans to centralise A&E care at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The controversial changes would see Huddersfield Royal Infirmary knocked down and replaced with a smaller hospital at the town’s Acre Mills site.

Up to 300 beds would be added to Calderdale Royal Hospital, where the most serious emergencies from the two districts would be taken.

Both hospitals would have urgent care centres treating less serious ailments.

NHS bosses say the proposals, designed to tackle a £280m funding gap, would make the best use of resources and provide safe care.

But fears have been raised that a single A&E would leave some patients with too far to travel for treatment.

More information events have been organised and two formal public meetings have also been called by Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

They will be held at North Bridge Leisure Centre, on North Bridge Street, Halifax, from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, April 14, and at the John Smith’s Stadium, on Stadium Way, Huddersfield, at the same time on Monday, April 18.

For a list of public information sessions, click here