“We simply do not have the resources to cope with every Huddersfield patient going to Calderdale Royal Hospital.”

That’s the stark warning from a West Yorkshire paramedic to health chiefs behind a hospital shake-up plan which could close Huddersfield’s A&E.

The paramedic is one of four more anonymous Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) workers, who have expressed concerns about the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal.

Under the proposal – alongside the planned downgrade of Dewsbury District Hospital – Kirklees and Calderdale will share just one emergency care department, leaving the ambulance service increasingly stretched.

Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital

The paramedic told told Lindley councillor Mark Hemingway: “We simply do not have the resources to cope with every Huddersfield patient going to CRH.

“How will it leave areas like Holmfirth and Honley?

“I also wondered if people from Marsden will end up going to Oldham, which is already over-populated since Rochdale A&E closed.”

Currently paramedics serving Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), Halifax, also provide support for Bradford Royal Infirmary ferrying emergency patients to the hospital, 10 miles north of Halifax.

A second paramedic said it would take even longer to then respond to an emergency over 15 miles away in Huddersfield.

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The paramedic said: “YAS do not have enough crews in Bradford, but rely on bringing crews out of the area to support Bradford.

“Inevitability these are crews who have been in Halifax. So as crews bring patients from Huddersfield to Calderdale it’s highly likely those crews’ next jobs are going to be in Bradford.

“Crews are allocated on distance from job, regardless of their base station. The upshot of this is Huddersfield can therefore easily be left without ambulance cover while Bradford is supported.”

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Two other paramedics expressed concern about negotiating the Elland Bypass, which is congested throughout the day.

One said: “If there’s roadworks as is quite common on the Elland Bypass and it’s down to one lane no amount of blue lights and sirens will clear a path as the traffic has nowhere to go.”

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The other said: “It doesn’t take much to slow progress to a crawl – roadworks, a breakdown or just a (bad) driver who doesn’t know how to clear a path.”

Emergency ambulance crews are forecast to spend an extra 10,000 hours per year ferrying emergency cases to Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), Halifax, if emergency services at HRI and Dewsbury District Hospital (DDH) close.

That’s according to a study commissioned by Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the local NHS organisations behind the hospital shake-up plan.

Another paramedic earlier told the Examiner that eight-minute top priority responses – as demanded under NHS guidelines – could become a ‘rarity’.

The Examiner contacted YAS. The trust is yet to respond.