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Huddersfield Royal Infirmary: Readers angered over new hospital plans

Many shocked by proposal to build new hospital in place of Royal Infirmary and downgrade A & E unit

Shock proposals to replace Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with a new hospital have angered the vast majority of readers who've commented to the Examiner.

Many in the town are concerned that the ambitious proposals will not improve services.

They fear that the planned new hospital will not have the same facilities as the existing Infirmary.

The news was revealed by the Examiner and people were quick to respond with their concerns.

HRI/Acre Mills site from above

GoogleMaps HRI/Acre Mills from above
HRI/Acre Mills from above

Lauren Crossley: So why can’t the MILLIONS of pounds it will cost to build a new building just be used to continue to fund our A&E department?... I’d rather have all the services in an old building than half the services in a new.

Jennifer Hill: Surely common sense dictates with Huddersfield having approximately 162,949 population and Halifax approximately 90.000 population, the better hospital should be Huddersfield WITH an A&E department

Sarah Walker: I do think these senior management people should try a few journeys to Halifax from Huddersfield in rush hour traffic to get a feel for how long it takes to reach Calderdale hospital. 40 mins from Honley on a good run!

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RECAP: The day we first discovered our A&E department was going...and then the hospital

Donna Jones: What an actual joke. Halifax cannot accommodate for patients now never mind sending the whole of Huddersfield there.

Cara Jayne Littlewood: So what happens if people in outlying areas need an A&E department? My family live in Holmfirth /Holmbridge which is already 9 miles from the Huddersfield royal and now they want to close the emergency department so they will be at least 20 miles away.

Michelle Hunter: Speaking as someone who is disabled and has numerous health conditions and doesn’t drive it’s not easy for me to get to Halifax for appointments. It’s ridiculous that we are expected to travel to another town for our hospital care I don’t know any other towns in Britain the size of Huddersfield that don’t have their own hospital and accident and emergency centres.

Amy Woodward: And how much have they spent in recent years on refurbishment???? How can they be so flippant with people’s health and care?

Bronwyn Wain: New entrance, most areas repainted and improved. Why if they are going to demolish it? As someone said rather be treated in an old hospital than have services reduced in a new hospital. Now is the time to for our politicians to show what they are made of but I won’t hold my breath!

Joanna Robinson: If we didn’t have an A+E department in Huddersfield then people like me who don’t drive will have to rely on the ambulance service more as there is no way I could afford a taxi to Halifax and back which is the way I get to A+E if needed .

Josh Armitage: What? Are the NHS actually so deluded? Surely keeping this the HRI with its A&E open would still be far cheaper than building a whole new Hospital?

Jonathan Sykes: Should be A&E in both Huddersfield and Halifax. We can spend £12billion a year on overseas aid, we can let everyone into the uk who has paid nothing into the system and they get access to our health service.



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