FAMILY doctors have agreed to take over the running of the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital.
The hospital, in Holmfirth, is currently managed by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which also runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Family doctors and nurses on the South Huddersfield NHS Trust, which organises community medical care and pays for hospital treatment for its patients, has been considering taking over the hospital since it was formed more than 18 months ago.
Mr Jonathan Himsworth, acting chief executive, told a board meeting in Kirkburton that the health professionals had agreed to accept the hospital.
"Talking through the issue, we have taken the decision to transfer the asset from the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust to ourselves from April 1," he said.
"For many of us it is quite good news."
Mr Himsworth said consultation would take place among hospital staff.
"The feeling now is that we are going somewhere."
Mrs Margaret Dale, non-executive director, said:
"It has given us the momentum and the resources to actually do some really exciting stuff.
"It is not just what I think, but people in the Holme Valley and surrounding areas.
"It is a really good piece of news."
The hospital was built by public subscription in memory of the soldiers who fell in the first world war.
Mr Himsworth added that the PCT would receive £250,000 from the sale of land on the site for a nursing home.
"We will get the benefit of that next year. In managing the asset, we will be putting money into the local economy, including Holme Valley Memorial Hospital."
Mrs Helena Corder, director of patient experience, said a meeting had not been held with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust about staff transfers.
Chairman John Chilton urged the hospital trust to liaise with its staff about the transfer as soon as possible.
* Mr Chilton told the board that a merger between the South Huddersfield and Central Huddersfield Primary Care NHS Trusts was unlikely.
"It finally was closed off as an option at ministerial level," he said.
* South Huddersfield PCT has been named as the top performing GP trust in West Yorkshire, for its level of cervical smear tests.
It was also ranked seventh nationally in the tests which diagnose cancer of the cervix in women.