A public consultation on plans to centralise A&E services at an expanded hospital in Halifax has been launched by health bosses.
Up to 300 beds could be added to Calderdale Royal Hospital under controversial proposals which would see Huddersfield lose its emergency department.
Huddersfield’s 400-bed infirmary would be knocked down and replaced with a 120-bed site designed to carry out planned hospital procedures.
Both towns would also have Urgent Care Centres under plans designed to tackle a £280m funding gap.
A 14-week consultation on the proposals was by Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Calderdale CCG chairman and Rastrick GP Dr Alan Brook said: “We believe that the proposed changes, developed by senior doctors and nurses, will make the best use of available resources and will help us to deliver safe, high quality services in our hospitals and in our communities for years to come.
“This isn’t just going to be done overnight. This is a five-year proposal.”
The Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation is being led by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and supported by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
The consultation will run until midnight on Tuesday, June 21.
Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Steve Ollerton, said: “The proposed changes are all about providing safer, better, clinical services appropriate for modern health care.
“Under the proposed changes, there would be significant investment in our hospitals and more services provided from GP surgeries and health centres.”
Copies of the consultation materials will also be available in GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies and libraries, online at www.rightcaretimeplace.co.uk or by calling 01484 464212 .