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Commissioners make the decision to go out to public consultation on proposed changes to hospital services


Wednesday January 20th 2016


The Governing Bodies of NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have today agreed that consultation on the future of hospital services can get underway.

The CCGs will now finalise plans for consultation and agree a launch date, which is expected to be in February.

The plans will set out all the ways that people can find out more about the proposed changes and provide their views. This will include information events and roadshows at locations across Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale.

Details of the consultation launch, public events and how to access information will be issued to the media and available on NHS websites and social media.

Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, Dr Steve Ollerton said:
“People are very passionate about their local health services and that passion was evident at today’s meeting. We share that passion and that is why we are very eager to get out and talk to the public about our proposals.

“We know there is significant interest in the proposed changes and we are keen to listen to views. There are also some misconceptions out there and we will look forward to explaining our reasoning and processes to the public.”

Over the past three years the CCGs and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust have engaged with public, patients, carers, staff and healthcare professionals to help them understand what the future of hospital and community services could look like as part of the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place programme.

The pre-consultation business case sets out a preferred model of care where all emergency, acute and high risk planned care will be brought together at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and the Huddersfield site will be developed as a hospital dedicated for planned care.

Under the proposals, there would be:
• an Urgent Care Centre in both Huddersfield and Halifax for people with urgent but non-life threatening needs which would treat sprains, strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds.

• an Emergency Care Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital for the smaller number of patients with life threatening injuries or illnesses such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain or severe bleeding.
The smaller number of people with serious or life threatening multiple injuries would be treated at a Specialist or Major Emergency Centre, such as Leeds or Wakefield.

Chair of Calderdale CCG, Dr Alan Brook said: “The proposed changes are backed by a team of national experts and will improve the quality, safety and sustainability of hospital services and bring them into line with national standards for the best clinical care.”

The new model of care would be supported by further strengthening community services.



Editor’s Notes

Consultation Process

1)    No final decisions have been made about the way in which our hospitals should work.

The purpose of our consultation is to enable the CCGs to:

  1. describe why they believe change is necessary, and to improve understanding about the need for change
  2. describe the way in which the  CCGs believe they can ensure the best opportunity to secure hospital services for Huddersfield and Halifax into the future.
  3. Seek views about how people believe the CCGs can make the system work more effectively
  4. To test out whether there are other ideas which the CCGs have not considered.

2)    No final decisions will be made until  the CCGs have concluded consultation and have properly considered the information that we have gathered through consultation.

3)    During that time the CCGs will be working with the Joint Scrutiny arrangements operating between the councils of Calderdale and Kirklees MBCs to ensure that they  have satisfied their requirements and enabled them to fulfil their duties.

4)    The CCGs believe that the earliest that we will be in a position to make final decisions will be Autumn 2016.

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