Claims that Jimmy Savile abused patients at a former Calderdale hospital are to be investigated.
New allegations have been made in relation to 12 NHS Trusts, including Halifax’s former hospital Halifax Royal Infirmary.
The NHS Legacy Unit, which provides oversight of NHS investigations into alleged abuse by Savile on health premises, has passed on information from victims and the Metropolitan Police to the trusts, which cover nine hospitals and health services which have not featured in earlier inquiries.
The fresh claims have emerged since 28 investigation reports into Savile’s activities in NHS premises were published in June.
Julie Dawes, director of nursing at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation NHS Trust (CHFT) said: “CHFT can confirm that it has been passed information regarding Jimmy Savile which names Halifax Royal Infirmary for investigation.
“This hospital has been closed for a number of years and this Trust is a legacy organisation for that hospital.
“We will investigate this evidence and if necessary ensure that lessons are learned for the future.
“We’re not able to pass further comment as this is a live investigation.”
The new allegations also include claims of abuse by Savile at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
A third Yorkshire based investigation will be at Meanwood Park Hospital in north Leeds.
Findings in the NHS investigation reports published in June said Savile committed “truly awful” abuse against patients at hospitals across the country and even boasted about having sex with corpses.
Branded as an “opportunistic sexual predator” by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to “exploit and abuse” patients and staff.
Among the most disturbing findings were “macabre accounts” of claims the now-dead TV and radio presenter performed sex acts on dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and at least one other hospital.
Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile.
The documentary ultimately led to a joint review by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC, which in turn triggered separate NHS investigations.