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31 March 2016 – News Release – Dates of public meetings and information sessions to discuss proposed changes to hospital and health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield

DATES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES

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NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG are inviting local residents to attend a public meeting to learn about proposed changes to hospital and community health services, ask questions and find out how they can give their views.

Information and public events

Under the proposed changes, there would be two Urgent Care Centres – one at Calderdale Royal Hospital and one on the Acre Mills site, Huddersfield. All emergency, acute and high risk planned care would be brought together at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and the Acre Mills, Huddersfield, site would be developed as a hospital dedicated to planned care. The proposed new model of care is supported by further strengthening community services.
There are many opportunities for the public to learn more about the proposed changes over the next three months, at drop-in information sessions, where they can view displays, videos and talk directly to NHS staff. These sessions will run until the end of the consultation.

There are also two formal public meetings to be held on:

– Thursday, April 14th, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE, and on;

– Monday, April 18th, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.

British Sign Language (BSL) and palantypist services will be provided. The venues are disabled friendly. Anyone who has additional needs, or who wants to check that the venue meets their needs, should contact 01484 464212 or email rcrtrp.myview@nhs.net.
For health and safety reasons, attendance is restricted at both venues. However if public demand exceeds capacity, additional public meetings with an independent Chair may be arranged. To ensure as many people have access as possible, the meetings will be live streamed to help anyone who cannot attend the meeting hear directly what is said. There will be a presentation about the proposed changes followed by a question and answer session.

Questions can be submitted in advance of the meeting to rcrtrp.myview@nhs.net or telephone 01484 464212. Contact details should be included. People will also have an opportunity to ask questions at all of the planned meetings and can submit questions in advance.

 

Clinical chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, Dr Steve Ollerton, said:

“It is very important that people are aware of the challenges that we face as a health community and the solutions that our senior doctors and nurses are proposing in order to address these challenges. Our information events and public meetings are an opportunity to have a constructive dialogue with people about how we address these challenges.”

 

Clinical chair of NHS Calderdale CCG, Dr Alan Brook, said:

“The consultation process is a chance for us to discuss how we meet national standards and deliver safe high quality services in our hospitals and in the community, for years to come. We are listening to people, and want to know if there are other ideas that the CCGs have not considered.”
The consultation document, summary, and survey are available at www.rightcaretimeplace.co.uk or by calling 01484 464212 or texting 07771 334724.
Members of the public, patients and staff have until June 21 to make their views known.

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