For immediate release
15 June 2016
Time is running out to have your say
Residents of Calderdale, Huddersfield and surrounding areas, are being encouraged to complete a Have Your Say survey, as the public consultation draws to a close.
NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG are asking for peoples’ views on proposed changes to hospital and community health services.
The proposals are all about transforming services and making them sustainable for the future. Under the proposals:
- There would be two Urgent Care Centres – one at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and one at the Acre Mills site, Huddersfield. Many people who go to A&E now could be treated in an Urgent Care Centre;
- All emergency, acute and high risk planned care would be brought together at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH);
- A smaller number of patients with serious multiple injuries or burns would continue to go to a Specialist Emergency Care Centre, such as Leeds or Wakefield, as they do now;
- There would be significant investment in a state-of-the-art Planned Care Centre on the Acre Mill site, Huddersfield, with 120 beds and 10 operating theatres;
- The proposed new model of care would be supported by further strengthening community services;
- Consultant-led maternity services would remain at CRH;
Many services would stay at both hospitals:
- Day case surgery;
- Outpatient services for adults and children;
- Midwifery-led maternity unit
Throughout the consultation period, the CCGs have listened to peoples’ views at information events and public meetings.
Some common themes and misconceptions have emerged, including:
- Huddersfield is losing services.
Fact: The proposed changes are about changing the way services are organised. New names for some of these services, for example, Urgent Care Centre, and Emergency Centre would replace familiar names like ‘Casualty and A&E departments. We are proposing centralising emergency care at CRH and investing in new Urgent Care Centres in both towns. Many people who go to A&E now could be treated in an Urgent Care Centre for things like broken bones, minor injuries, infections that may need treatment. There would be significant investment in a state-of-the-art Planned Care Centre on the Acre Mill site, Huddersfield, with 120 beds and 10 operating theatres.
- There will be longer travel times in emergencies
Fact: In an emergency the most important thing is having the right people and equipment available to the patient at the right time. Ambulance staff priorities start with stabilising a patient before a journey starts. The right decision in an emergency can be to take seriously ill patients to a specialist hospital, with specialist staff and the very latest equipment – even if it is some distance away.
In recent years, survival rates have improved significantly by taking patients to Specialist Stroke or Major Trauma Centre. Huddersfield stroke patients have received the best outcomes as a result of receiving their care on a Specialist Stroke Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, even though this has meant bypassing their local hospital.
- Why is there only one option and no Plan B?
Fact: When the CCGs started the process, there were 11 options. They were narrowed down to three viable options in greater detail, against criteria designed to ensure delivery against both clinical standards and the outcomes and benefits needed for patients.
The CCGs have been honest with local people and are clear that the assessment shows that doing nothing would not achieve the improvements in quality and safety needed. Other alternatives to the proposed changes would be much more expensive and would be unlikely to attract the funding needed to develop both hospitals.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, said:
“These are the biggest potential changes to the NHS in a generation, so if you haven’t had your say yet, now is the time. Your views are very important.”
Dr Alan Brook, Clinical Chair of NHS Calderdale CCG, said:
“Completing the Have your Say survey is the formal way of letting us know what you think about the proposed changes, whether we have missed anything, and any worries you may have. Your views really do count and will help us to shape future health services.”
The consultation document, summary, and survey are available at www.rightcaretimeplace.co.uk or by calling 01484 464212 or texting 07771 334724.
The deadline for surveys is midnight on Tuesday 21 June.
If you have a petition or ballot, please contact the consultation team on 01484 464212 if you need information about submission.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG are leading the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place public consultation.
- The consultation runs until midnight on Tuesday 21 June 2016.
- The views of patients, members of the public, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested parties are being sought
- No final decisions will be made until the CCGs have concluded consultation and have properly considered the information gathered through consultation
- During that time, the CCGs will work within the Joint Overview and Scrutiny arrangements operating across the councils of Calderdale and Kirklees to make sure that they have satisfied their requirements and enabled them to fulfil their duties.
- The CCGs believe that the earliest that they will be in a position to make a final decision will be October 2016.