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Tour de Yorkshire rolls into Calderdale this Bank Holiday Weekend

This year’s Tour de Yorkshire rolls into Calderdale this Bank Holiday Weekend, on Sunday 30 April. Where does the Tour de Yorkshire come through Calderdale? The race enters the borough from Queensbury and into Northowram (2:40pm); Descends towards Stump Cross before turning right and past Shibden Mill Inn before riding to the summit of Shibden Wall… Continue Reading

Bank Holiday health services in Calderdale

GP practices Most GP practices in Calderdale will close at 6.30pm on Friday 28 April until 8.00am on Tuesday 2 May. GP practices will hand over to Out of Hours services provided by West Yorkshire Urgent Care. Patients can get appointments with out-of-hours GP services by calling NHS111 on weekends and: Early May Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May  2017 Spring… Continue Reading

Independent chair appointed for travel and transport group

Dr Mike Grady has been appointed as independent chair of a new travel and transport group following a recruitment and selection process which included advertising the role nationally. The group is being set up following the recent consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield after analysis… Continue Reading

Health Services in Calderdale over Easter

Information on the health services available over Easter in Calderdale can be found in this section, including: What to do if you fall ill over Easter Pharmacies open over the Easter Weekend across Calderdale GP and walk-in services over the Easter period Continue Reading

CCGs begin the search for an independent chair

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale CCG and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG met in parallel, in public on 20 October 2016 and agreed to proceed to explore implementation of the full business case, in line with the proposals within the consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater… Continue Reading

Public engagement on stroke services

We want you to give us your views on how stroke services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate could be improved to ensure they are fit for the future. West Yorkshire and Harrogate stroke services engagement work closed on the 15 March. The findings from our engagement work will be published in May. In 2015/16 there… Continue Reading

Future funding of voluntary and community groups

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has taken the difficult decision to not renew funding to 14 local community groups. Several million pounds of CCG funding has been invested in voluntary and community organisations over the last few years, in a bid to develop capacity and services in partnership with NHS service providers, offering sustainable… Continue Reading

Don’t let norovirus ruin your Christmas

At this time of year, viruses like the ‘winter vomiting bug’ (also called norovirus) can take hold. Calderdale Council is reminding people of the symptoms and what to do to reduce the spread of this very contagious virus. Norovirus is a stomach bug that can affect anyone and causes diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It spreads easily… Continue Reading

GP and primary care services over the festive period

GP practices and primary care services All GP practices in Calderdale will close at 6.30pm on Friday 23 December until 8am on Wednesday 28 December, and again Friday 30 December at 6.30pm until Tuesday 3 January at 8am. GP practices will hand over to Out of Hours services provided by to West Yorkshire Urgent Care. Patients… Continue Reading

Festive pharmacy opening times 2016

People across Calderdale are being urged to make sure they order any repeat prescriptions they need ahead of their GP practice closing for the festive period, and to make a note of the opening times of local pharmacies and walk-in services. Most pharmacies will be closed from the evening of Saturday 24 December until Wednesday… Continue Reading

A helping hand for a healthy start

Parents and carers in Calderdale now have a new resource with advice and guidance to support with their child’s journey into healthy early years. www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk is a brand new website packed with top tips to offer a helping hand to parents and carers of children aged from birth to five years old. This colourful site… Continue Reading

Take care, not antibiotics

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding us all that we should use antibiotics only when they’re needed if we are to keep them effective. The vital health message is being promoted as part of European Antibiotics Awareness Day (18 November). Coughs and colds are circulating and many of us may be tempted to visit… Continue Reading

Right Care proposals backed for further development

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group have agreed to proceed to explore implementation in the Full Business Case, in line with the proposals within the consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.   This will be considered… Continue Reading

Governing Bodies to meet in public on 20 October

The Governing Bodies of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG will meet in parallel in public on Thursday, 20 October 2016 to reach a decision on the outcome of the consultation and next steps on proposed changes to hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. The CCG… Continue Reading

Stakeholder event will support deliberation process

A stakeholder event was held at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, today to support the deliberation process of the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation on proposed changes to hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. Representatives from local stakeholder, patient representative, voluntary and campaign groups attended the event. The… Continue Reading

Calderdale CCG Annual General Meeting 2016

Health and care providers are coming together at the Shay Stadium in Halifax to show how they’re working together to improve health and care services in Calderdale. Members of the public and health professionals are invited to attend NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s AGM and Healthcare Marketplace event on Thursday 8 September, from 6:30pm. The… Continue Reading

Right Care Right Time Right Place Consultation Report of Findings Published

The Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) fourteen week period of formal public consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services ended at midnight on Tuesday 21 June. Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit have now completed the independent analysis and evaluation of the consultation and the Consultation Report of Findings… Continue Reading

Health and fitness levels set to soar thanks to pilot scheme

A pilot scheme to improve people’s physical health and mental wellbeing started in Halifax’s People’s Park this week. The Healthy Living Park project will see local community and voluntary organisations holding a range of fun activities for children, young people and adults over the summer, including football, rugby, mini-tennis, athletics and cycling events. There will… Continue Reading

More time to have your say online

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG have extended the timescale for people to complete the Have your Say survey online,to 5pm on Friday 24 June. A technical issue occurred between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday, 21st June, which meant that some people were unable to submit their survey online during… Continue Reading

New animation launched on urgent and emergency care

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Calderdale CCG are asking people to give their views on proposed changes to hospital and community health services as part of a public consultation.  An animation has been published helping to explain the proposed arrangements for Emergency, Acute and Urgent Care, should the proposals go ahead.… Continue Reading

Right Care, Right Time, Right Place public consultation events

Hundreds of people have attended information sessions across Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield to find out about the proposed changes to hospital and community health services. The sessions are an opportunity for people to have a direct conversation with hospital consultants, General Practitioners, nurses and NHS staff, and ask their individual questions. More events are planned… Continue Reading

Be Clear on Cancer

Did you know that blood in your pee could be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer? The current NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign encourages people to go to their doctor if they notice blood in their pee, even if they only see it once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but if it is… Continue Reading

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 Click here to download as a PDF document 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… Continue Reading

Consultation on proposed changes to hospital services – events announced

NEWS RELEASE Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Downloadable version: Media statement – consultation events announcement CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES – EVENTS ANNOUNCED A public consultation will be launched on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 on proposed changes to hospital services and further improvements to community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. A series of drop-in… Continue Reading

Hospital services consultation to launch on 15 March 2016

Friday 26 February 2016   PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOSPITAL SERVICES A major consultation will be launched on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 on proposed changes to hospital services and further improvements to community services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. The Right Care, Right Time, Right Place consultation is being led by NHS Calderdale… Continue Reading

Questions from the public: Calderdale CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG Governing Bodies Meeting – 20 January 2016

The Governing Bodies of both Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups met in parallel on the 20 January 2016 to discuss their overall readiness for a public consultation on the future of hospitals services in their respective areas. The CCG received a number of questions relating to this meeting, which we have made… Continue Reading

24% of women not attending smear test in Calderdale

New research reveals that young women aged 25-49 in Calderdale are less likely to attend a smear test in comparison to women aged 50-64. This year in Calderdale only 76% of eligible young women had a smear test compared to 80% of women aged 50-64. Every year in the UK, over 3,000 women will be… Continue Reading

Commissioners to make decision on public consultation

NEWS RELEASE  January 13, 2016  Commissioners to make decision on public consultation   The Governing Bodies of NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups will meet next Wednesday to decide whether public consultation on the future of hospital services can get underway. At a meeting in parallel, the two Clinical Commissioning Groups will… Continue Reading

Patients in Calderdale can breathe more easily thanks to new care pathway

15 December 2015 A recently launched programme of care supporting people with respiratory health conditions in Calderdale is already proving to be beneficial for patients. The Integrated Respiratory Service, which was launched by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September, is reducing the number of hospital… Continue Reading

Calderdale GP pledges to be Antibiotic Guardian

MEDIA RELEASE A Calderdale GP is making a stand in the battle against diseases’ increasing resistance to antibiotics. Dr Nigel Taylor, a governing body member of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has taken a pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian as part of a new national campaign. As a result the Hebden Bridge Group… Continue Reading

X-pert Health to host World Diabetes Day event

It’s World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November and to mark the occasion X-Pert Health, Calderdale’s local diabetes charity, are running a coffee morning to get people together for a chat and to learn more about living with diabetes. Coffee and cake will be available, and all attendees will be given a free Diabetes Prevention… Continue Reading

Saturday stop smoking clinic at Sainsbury’s in Halifax

It’s Stoptober, and if you’re looking to kick the habit why not drop into the stop smoking clinic that’s being held every Saturday at the Sainsbury’s superstore on Wade Street, Halifax, from 12.00pm – 2.30pm? The clinic is run by The Brunswick Centre and is open to all, but there is a particular focus on cutting high… Continue Reading

Calderdale women urged to take up breast screening appointments

Women in Calderdale are being urged to take up their breast screening appointments when two of the hospital services’ mobile units set up base in the area over the next few months. Health specialists from the Pennine Breast Screening programme will take up residence at the B&Q store, Shroggs Lane, Halifax, from October 13, while… Continue Reading

Will you pledge to be an Antibiotic Guardian?

In the run-up to European Antibiotics Awareness Day on November 18, Calderdale CCG are running a campaign encouraging the wise prescription, use and disposal of antibiotics. The correct use of antibiotics is vital in order for them to continue to work effectively. Routine operations, setting broken bones and even chemotherapy is dependent of antibiotics that… Continue Reading

Looking back on our achievements: Annual General Meeting 2014/15

  Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2014/15 took place on Thursday 10 September 2015, and gave members of the public a chance to hear about some of the progress made in improving the health and wellbeing of people in Calderdale in 2014/15. Over 70 people including CCG staff, members of the public, Calderdale… Continue Reading

Have an eggs-tra healthy Easter, doctors urge

Doctors are urging patients to stay healthy over the Easter holidays – and that means being prepared. Easter preparations are probably already underway with holidays booked, chocolate goodies bought and family celebrations arranged but have the repeat prescriptions been ordered? Being ill at holiday times is never fun so patients across Calderdale are being urged… Continue Reading

Calderdale announced as national “vanguard” site

We are delighted to announce that Calderdale has become one of 29 “vanguard” sites in England to take a national lead in transforming health and social care as part of NHS England’s New Models of Care programme. The Calderdale health and social care partnership has been chosen from amongst 269 groups of nurses, doctors and… Continue Reading

Safeguarding Week – March 9 to 15 2015

Calderdale Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children Boards are pleased to announce Calderdale’s first Safeguarding Week. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the role everyone has in safeguarding vulnerable children and adults at risk and highlight support and intervention available for vulnerable people in Calderdale, in all localities, voluntary and statutory sectors,… Continue Reading

Free support to help stressed smokers stub it out

Smokers in Calderdale who have experienced stress, anxiety and panic while trying to quit smoking can now sign up to a free course run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which aims to teach them new ways to cope in order to quit for good. ‘Go smoke free! The stress less way’ is… Continue Reading

Be a Calderdale ‘super patient’ in the fight against medicine waste

Calderdale residents are invited to become ‘super patients’ by getting involved in an NHS initiative to tackle medicine waste. Wasted medicines cost the NHS in Calderdale an estimated £1.3 million each year and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants patients and carers to be aware of how they can help to reduce that amount.… Continue Reading

More than a Cold?

Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection affecting babies and young children – one in three will have the condition before their first birthday. For most children bronchiolitis is no more serious than a cold but for some, symptoms can be very severe and may need hospital treatment. You can find out more about bronchiolitis here. Continue Reading

Thinking of going to A&E? Think again, say Calderdale GPs

Feeling a bit ropey?  Thinking of going to A&E?  Why not think again and be confident when choosing the right NHS service for you, advise Calderdale doctors, who have issued guidelines for 15 to 24-year-olds.   There’s more to the NHS than just GPs and A&E.  There’s a whole range of services that can treat… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation responsible for planning and buying local health services, will present its Annual Report and Accounts at its first Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11 September at the Threeways Conference Centre in Halifax. The Annual Report describes NHS Calderdale CCG’s work during its first year and shows how GPs… Continue Reading

Be a Champion and tell it how it is

Staff and volunteers from Calderdale community groups are being asked to sign up as “Champions” to “tell it how it is” when it comes to health issues. NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) is looking to recruit a new batch of Engagement Champions as part of the Health… Continue Reading

Give your views on Musculoskeletal services

Musculoskeletal (MSK) services support adults with over 200 different conditions affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues and covers individual services like: Orthopaedics (the area of medicine dealing with conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves) Rheumatology Physiotherapy MSK Pain Management Podiatry services Occupational Therapy NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like… Continue Reading

Falls Awareness Week 2014 – 16 to 22 June

You’d be forgiven for thinking that falls are a part of ageing – something that ‘just happens’ as you get older, but there are lots of simple things that you can do to help you stay steady on your feet. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain independence and make sure we… Continue Reading

Musculoskeletal (MSK) services – we would like your views

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees are committed to continuously improving the healthcare available to all the people living across the district. As part of this continued work, we want to look at how Musculoskeletal (MSK) services are provided locally. MSK services support adults with over 200 different… Continue Reading

Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours for May 2014

  Stay well over the Bank Holiday weekends Click here here to view the Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours for May 2014. We’ve all been into our local pharmacy to stock up on shampoo and tissues but did you realise that they can also be a great one-stop place for health advice and support? Pharmacies can help with a… Continue Reading

Be prepared for Le Tour

The Tour de France will be putting Calderdale on the map shortly when it comes to the area. On Sunday 6 July, Calderdale will host Stage two of the race, and preparations are well under way. The route in Calderdale will start at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale,… Continue Reading

Le Tour de France comes to Calderdale

The Tour de France comes to Calderdale on 6 July. Thousands of people expected to come to Calderdale in the weeks leading up to the race, which enters Calderdale at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Greetland, West Vale and the Ainley Top roundabout before heading on to Kirklees.… Continue Reading

Dementia Awareness Week will take place from 18 – 24 May 2014

Don’t bottle up your fears about dementia – talk to Alzheimer’s Society NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people not to bottle up their fears about dementia but to talk to the Alzheimer’s Society. If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk… Continue Reading

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 will take place from 12-18 May. This year’s theme is Anxiety. NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are supporting the Mental Health Foundation to encourage people to get involved in an effort to raise awareness of anxiety and promote positive mental health. 1 in 6 of us in the UK struggle with… Continue Reading

Patients told ‘get your medicines before Le Tour’

People in Calderdale who need repeat prescriptions of medicines have been told to think ahead and stock up early to avoid the rush before the Tour de France comes to Calderdale on 6 July. Thousands of people expected to come to Calderdale in the weeks leading up to the race, which enters Calderdale at Cock… Continue Reading

Breast Cancer in women over 70, are you clear on it?

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Be Clear on Cancer’s new national campaign, ‘Breast Cancer in women over 70’.  The campaign will run until 16 March across England. NHS Calderdale CCG is wanting to raise awareness of breast cancer in women over 70, highlighting the fact that 1 in 3 women who get… Continue Reading

care.data awareness campaign rolls-out in the north of England

During January, 22 million households in England – starting in the north of England – will have received a leaflet from NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about the introduction of care.data – a programme that will use information to improve the safety and care of patients.  The leaflet will… Continue Reading

Pharmacy and walk-in service opening times over the festive period

People across Calderdale are being urged to make sure they order any repeat prescriptions they need ahead of their GP practice closing for the festive period, and to make a note of the opening times of local pharmacies and walk-in services. For prescriptions and medication over Christmas and the New Year, these are the pharmacies… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG Commissions Interim Walk-In Services

Interim walk-in services have been agreed at two GP practices in Calderdale. NHS Calderdale CCG has commissioned the service, which will be available weekends and bank holidays from 8am to 8pm at Calder Community Practice, Todmorden, and Park Community Practice, Halifax, from December 7. This provides Calderdale with an opportunity to keep walk-in services for… Continue Reading

Self Care Week 2013: Self Care for Life – Take Control

We are supporting Self Care Week 2013, which runs from 18 – 24 November. Self Care is about being knowledgeable about your health and taking measures to stay well. This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – Take Control” and the intention is to raise awareness of how you can take control of your… Continue Reading

“It’s not too late” to get help for COPD

A Calderdale GP is urging local people to look out for the symptoms of a lung disease as part of a global awareness day – as many people in the area have yet to be diagnosed. The illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a lung disease that progressively robs sufferers of breath. COPD is… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG to develop new, locality-based unplanned care services

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to develop unplanned care services based on the needs of individual localities within the district, it was decided at the CCG’s recent governing body meeting. Unplanned care refers to the range of NHS services available to people who need advice, care, treatment or diagnosis quickly and unexpectedly. Over… Continue Reading

World Diabetes Day 2014 – know the signs of diabetes

A Calderdale GP and diabetes lead is urging people to check whether they are at risk of the condition as part of World Diabetes Day (November 14). The theme of the worldwide event is education and prevention and Dr Steven Cleasby, diabetes lead at NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, says it is important that people… Continue Reading

Be aware of the signs – Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2013

  November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and local clinical leaders from NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are raising awareness of lung cancer symptoms to encourage people with a persistent cough to contact their GP early. Lung cancer is a major cause of death across the district – it claims around 130 lives in… Continue Reading

Health chiefs in Calderdale support World Breastfeeding Week

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are pleased to support World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2013) with Calderdale Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. The theme for the week is ‘Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers’ and Calderdale Council, supported by the local NHS, is highlighting Breastfeeding Peer Support and the benefits that this… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale CCG launches “Quest for Quality in Care Homes” initiative

NHS Calderdale CCG and Calderdale Council invest in telehealth and telecare solutions from Tunstall, benefitting up to 1,000 people in care homes NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) are working in partnership with leading telehealthcare provider Tunstall Healthcare, to provide advanced telehealth and telecare solutions that will help to support… Continue Reading

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group launches telehealth initiative

NHS Calderdale CCG and Calderdale & Huddersfield Foundation Trust invest in telehealth solutions from Tunstall to support patients with COPD NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) are working in partnership with leading telehealthcare provider Tunstall Healthcare, to provide advanced telehealth solutions that will help to support people with… Continue Reading

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