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Huddersfield Royal Infirmary: Shock and anger at recommendation that Huddersfield A&E closes

Patients say town merits a full A & E unit

Shock, disbelief and outrage.

That was how people outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary reacted to the news of the recommendation that its A&E unit is set to be closed in a major revamp.

The existing Infirmary would be demolished and a new hospital built on the Acre Mills site.

It would provide “planned care” but would not have a full A&E unit.

“It’s absolutely disgusting”, said Leslie Hetherington, 47. “I think it’s wrong to close either Huddersfield’s or Calderdale’s A&E unit.”

Barry Pocock was similarly emphatic.

He said: “I’m very shocked.

“It seems ridiculous as Huddersfield’s A&E is so close to the motorway. We need it to save lives.”

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Accident & Emergency Dept. Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

Young soon to be mum Jacqueline Pearson was very concerned.

“I’m pregnant and wouldn’t want to have to go to Halifax in an emergency”, she said.

Her friend Charlie Crosland, added: “I think we should have an A&E in every big town or at least an emergency walk-in centre.”

Colin Hill commented on the effect the recommended closure could have on those living furthest away from Calderdale’s A&E.

“It’s dreadful and absolutely appalling for a town of this size to not have one”, he said.

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“I used to live at Scapegoat Hill and don’t know how I could get to Calderdale A&E quickly if something happened.

“I think if it is closed it could endanger lives.”

Khatemon Chowdury, “ I’m concerned that it will put extra strain on the remaining service.

“I think Huddersfield’s should stay open because I, like many people, pay income tax so we should have a right to have an A&E close by.”

Tracey Morris, said: “We won’t cope without an A&E. There are too many people in Huddersfield and Calderdale has its own population to help.

“And I think each A&E deals with different types of emergencies– they help each other.”

Arnold Wood, who was later filmed expressing his outrage, said: “When you try to get to Halifax in a rush it can take an hour.

“The traffic can be so bad I think it would cause problems for people going there.”



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