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Proposed changes for Emergency and Acute Care

We are proposing that Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) becomes the single emergency centre for the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield population.

This would include an Emergency Department, a Paediatric Emergency Centre and a range of essential supporting acute medical and surgical services and intensive care.

This would bring together all of the necessary emergency and acute facilities and expertise on one site, available 24/7 to give faster access to tests/scans and therefore faster diagnosis.

This would also mean treatment can be started faster to give the best chances of survival and a good recovery to children and adults who are very seriously ill, specialist emergency staff would no longer need to shuttle between hospitals for emergencies.

“Our ability to deliver safe high quality care for all our patients is at the heart of the proposals … if we pool our expertise on one site we can be sure we can manage all patients without the need to transfer (them)”

Dr Mark Davies, Clinical Director, Emergency Care at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT)

This Centre would provide care for patients who come into hospital as emergencies with very serious, life-threatening injuries or illnesses, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Suspected stroke
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Severe bleeding
  • Serious injuries
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds

It would also provide services for those patients who are referred to hospital by their GP with symptoms and illnesses that need further investigation.

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

The situation for emergency care, and its alternatives, is changing

For the first time in our system there would also be a dedicated Paediatric Emergency Centre, in line with national guidance and best practice at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The proposal would involve further developing CRH so that all of these services could be accommodated. There would be 615 beds and the potential to increase to 700 if necessary.

As happens now, a number of patients would continue to go to an emergency centre with Specialist Services, for example to Leeds for very serious head injuries and heart attacks and to Wakefield for very serious burns. This is because those types of serious illnesses and injuries need highly specialist care that is only provided in a small number of hospitals around the UK.

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.