Worry over reduction of ward hours

Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital

A concerned patient has spoken out following plans to cut the opening hours of a ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Ward 4A, the Medical Day Centre, originally offered appointments five days a week from Monday to Friday, but Friday appointments will now be dropped.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has assured patients that quality of care will not be compromised.

But one patient said the changes will be a big disruption as he prefers to have the weekend to recover due to work commitments.

The patient, who did not want to be named, said: “My condition depends on having a blood transfusion and under the Disability Discrimination Act I get a day off work to recuperate.

“I have it on a Friday so that I can recover over the weekend.

“My problem is that I have to travel about for my job and at the moment the hospital is unable to put me anywhere else on a Friday.

“I think as a taxpayer it’s a bit appalling.

“I do understand their argument, but I don’t think they have thought it through and come up with a plan B.”

In response, Saj Azeb, assistant divisional director of the trust, said: “All our patients who receive their treatment at the Medical Day Centre at CRH will continue to be cared for there.

“There are currently some days when there are fewer appointments than others so we are consolidating them into four days to make best use of our facilities and staff.

“There will be no reduction in appointments or care delivered and around 20 patients affected will be offered new appointments on any of the alternative days.”