A dentist who collapsed and was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary says the town’s A&E should stay open.
Peter Lucas, 43, of Mirfield, collapsed in the small hours of April 10, fracturing several vertebrae and injuring his eyes in the fall.
Paramedics offered to take Peter to Dewsbury District’s Hospital A&E which is to be downgraded under a shake-up of services by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.
But Peter requested the ambulance take him to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s (HRI) emergency department which could close under the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan.
Peter said: “I’d had a stomach bug before and I woke up with stomach ache and went to the bathroom and passed out.
“Thankfully, a friend was staying and he found me unconscious in the bathroom.
“I couldn’t see because my eyes were swollen and I was getting very distressed.”
Peter, who works at Scissett Dental Practice, was taken to HRI. And he was grateful for the shorter journey.
He said: “The roads were quite clear but I had chipped my vertebrae and it was quite painful.
“It would have been a lot worse all the way to Halifax or Wakefield.”
Peter received CT and MRI scans, together with other tests, at HRI.
And while the cause of his collapse remains undiagnosed Peter says he was very happy with the treatment he received at the hospital’s threatened department.
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Peter said: “They amount of equipment they had in HRI shows it was set up for that sort of care.
“They talking about downgrading Dewsbury District Hospital and closing Huddersfield’s A&E.
“In Mirfield we’re stuck between Pinderfields (Wakefield) and Halifax.”
Peter added having a local A&E made it handy for visits and follow-up appointments.
He said: “When you’re poorly it’s important for people to come and see you; it helps you get better.
“Then you’ve got follow-up appointment.”
Peter added: “I can’t complaint about my experience at HRI’s acute ward.”
Under Right Care Right Time Right Place, HRI will be demolished and replaced with a new hospital.
The new hospital, which will focus on planned care, will have 10 wards and an urgent care centre but crucially, no emergency care centre.
Emergency care will be centralised at an enhanced Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.