On May 10 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wrote to NHS England, NHS Improvement, Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs and the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the proposed reconfiguration of hospital and community services for Calderdale and Huddersfield. In that letter he requested a progress report on the further actions recommended by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
A full progress report has now been sent to the Secretary of State which you can find below along with a covering letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement.
The report includes the following:
- Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) and Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) will both provide 24/7 consultant-led A&E services. The A&E at CRH will receive all blue light emergency ambulances for patients that have serious life-threatening conditions. The A&E at HRI will receive self-presenting emergency patients. Patients requiring acute inpatient admission who present at HRI will be transferred by ambulance from HRI to CRH
- There will continue to be a clinical decision unit at both CRH and HRI
- 24/7 consultant anaesthetic cover will be provided at HRI to enable the safe delivery of A&E services
- A single expert team model at CRH for critical care services, emergency surgical and paediatric surgical services
- The urgent care centres at each hospital will be medically led
- Strengthened community and primary care services to reduce demand for hospital services
- Physician-led inpatient care at HRI. This is for people who do not require the most acute clinical inpatient healthcare but do require extra support whilst arrangements are made to meet their future needs
- Bed capacity across CRH and HRI will be maintained
- Maximise the opportunities offered by digital technology.