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What doctors and clinicians think

We asked doctors and clinicians working in Calderdale and Huddersfield for their views and explanations about the proposed changes.

The Overview

This is an overview of the proposed changes across six areas of hospital and health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield:

Here is a BSL/Subtitled version of this film also:

Urgent Care, Travel & Community Services…

Dr Alan Brook, Chair of Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) provides an overview of urgent care, travel, community services and the need to change:

Improving our health care

Dr David Birkenhead, Medical Director of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) explains the improvement to health and care the proposed changes would bring to the two sites in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield:

Planned Care

Jo Middleton, Assistant Director of Nursing for Surgery & Anaesthetics at CHFT tells us what currently happens in planned care services and what the proposed changes are for planned care in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield, including for 120 hospital beds and 10 dedicated operating theatres:

Emergency & Acute Care

Emergency Care Consultant and Clinical Director, Dr Mark Davies gives his perspective of why emergency and acute health services need to change to improve care in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield:


Dr Sal Uka, Consultation Paediatrician, explains the proposed changes and benefits to paediatrics and what these might mean especially for children, their families and for staff in Calderdale and Huddersfield:

Why change is needed

Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG provides an overview of why change is needed for health and hospital services in Calderdale and Huddersfield:


Why are changes needed to urgent and emergency care services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield?

You can also view films about the national situation about health and hospital services below now:



You can read a summary of the key points of the proposed changes, or read one of our documents including the Consultation Document or Summary for more detail.

We have also included a page on Travel and Transport which has all the documents relating to the travel analysis undertaken as part of the Pre-Consultation Business Case.

You may also wish to read the answers to the questions that people have already sent in. We will be updating this document as and when questions are sent in.