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Proposed changes for Planned Care

We are proposing to build a brand new hospital dedicated to planned (elective care) hospital on the Acre Mill site at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI).

This would involve significant investment to provide 120 planned care beds and 10 operating theatres, as well as the Urgent Care Centre at the Acre Mill site.

Bringing together planned care in this way would mean that treatment, surgery or therapy could be delivered without risk of disruption from emergency cases.

Planned care includes those routine procedures and operations that don’t need to be done as emergencies but obviously, from the patient’s point of view need to done as quickly as possible.

Currently planned care – in the NHS this is known as elective care – takes place on at both CRH and HRI sites.  This means that some patients from Calderdale already travel to HRI for certain services, e.g. if they need vascular surgery and some from Greater Huddersfield to Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), e.g. if they need planned hip or knee surgery.

Bringing together planned care at HRI in this way would mean that treatment, surgery or therapy could be delivered without risk of disruption from emergency cases and be on one site with all the specialist planned care staff in one place.

 “The proposals include a brand-new, purpose-built hospital, with 10 theatres for planned operations and procedures. We know at the moment that patients who are due to have surgery can sometimes have their operation cancelled at the last minute. This may be because there is an emergency.  Having a separate centre means that patients’ surgery is much more likely to go ahead as planned, with a shorter length of stay in hospital, in fantastic new facilities which offer a much better patient experience”

Jo Middleton. Assistant Director of Nursing for Surgery & Anaesthetics, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

There are more treatments and procedures that can now take place in outpatient clinics.  We would hope to provide more outpatient clinics in the community and we would be looking at using technology, e.g. to have consultations by video or telephone.  We would look to reduce the number of outpatient follow-up appointments that take place when these aren’t really necessary. We know that currently many hospital attendances are for outpatient review appointments.

Planned services include

  • outpatient care for adults and children
  • specialist psychiatric liaison service
  • day case surgery
  • therapy services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and dietetics
  • endoscopy tests
  • other specialist services such as specific cancer treatments and diagnostic tests.

A number of services would be available on both sites including day case surgery, where patients come into hospital on the day of their surgery and do not need to stay overnight afterwards, outpatients and therapies.

The proposals for planned care will not affect patients’ legal rights as set out in the NHS Constitution to choose to have planned operations, procedures or treatment normally available on the NHS at hospitals outside their local area.

The NHS Choice Framework from the GOV.UK website summarises the choices that should be available for patients.

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.