Calderdale’s A&E could close in NHS review

Enhanced? Todmorden Health Centre
Enhanced? Todmorden Health Centre

Calderdale Royal Hospital’s accident and emergency department could be set for closure as part of an NHS review.

It is the preferred option of the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Health and Social Care Strategic Review to see Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) provide 24 hour A&E while Calderdale would be left as a centre for ‘planned’ care losing its A&E unit.

However, under this option Todmorden Health Centre could be set for an overhaul to provide some emergency care.

Councillors on the Adults, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel expressed their concerns about the potential loss of the department during a report at Halifax Town Hall.

Councillor Adam Wilkinson (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) said: “These proposals are more about Government cuts than better outcomes for patients.”

The five proposals are: 1) Continue with the existing hospital and community service model and configuration

2) Implement the community and hospital service model with Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as the site for acute and emergency care and Calderdale Royal Hospital as the site for planned care

3) Implement the community and hospital service model with the two hospital’s roles reversed from option two.

4) Continue with the existing community service model and change emergency hospital care provided locally so that those people needing specialist treatments are transferred to a major emergency centre outside the local area. Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital would offer ‘see and intiate treatment’ services with people needing specialist treatments transferred elsewhere

5) Other topics which may emerge from the planned engagament activity with staff, public, patients, carers and their representatives.

Health chiefs say the plan will save around £50 million although Dr Matt Walsh said that the decision hasn’t been made. “It is reasonable for the provider to have a preferred option but, hand on heart, commissioners haven’t made a decision yet.”