Health chiefs consider views from 1000 people over hospital plans for Huddersfield and Calderdale

Consultation period ends over hospital plans in Calderdale and Huddersfield

Accident & Emergency Dept at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in Lindley

Health chiefs are to move on to the next phase in their plan to revamp hospital services.

They are to consider evidence gathered from a series of meetings and drop-in sessions over the plans, which have proved controversial so far.

More than 1,000 people have given their views as part of plans to change hospital services in Huddersfield and Calderdale.

Now health bosses will study the comments as they draw up a report advocating the future of health and social care services in both areas.

It is part of the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place programme.

The consultation, which came to an end in mid-June, was a way of gathering views on how to meet challenges facing the local health and social care

services.

The proposals could see the A & E unit at either Huddersfield Royal Infirmary or Calderdale Royal Hospital shut down.

People in more than 70 voluntary and community groups across Calderdale and Huddersfield were asked how they think health and social care should look.

These included disability organisations, women’s and young people’s groups and faith groups.

Six events were also held to ask stakeholders their views, including local GPs, social services, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and representatives from Calderdale

and Kirklees Council along with staff from Locala, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and local clinical commissioning groups.

Public drop in sessions took place in ten locations across Huddersfield and Calderdale which gave the public the chance to have conversations with doctors, nurses and managers.

Dr Steve Ollerton, chair of Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are really pleased that so many people have come forward and given their views on how they think health and social care in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield should be shaped.

“This information will help us form the basis of how we go forward, plan changes to how services are provided and allow us to progress towards a public consultation.”

All the information will be pulled together into a report which will be made public this summer, when further proposals Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group are developing will then be the subject of public consultation.

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