HUDDERSFIELD'S hospital trust is to receive a £100,000 cash bonus - for treating emergency patients in record time.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, responsible for sites including Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital, Crosland Moor, has been awarded the cash for dealing with 97% of patients in accident and emergency departments in four hours.
The reward comes after the Government set hospitals targets in a bid to drive down patient waiting times.
To qualify for the next phase of the scheme the Trust must now treat 98% of A&E patients within four hours.
Health minister Rosie Winterton said: "I would like to congratulate all the NHS for seeing and treating 97% of people in A&E within four hours, often far less.
"I'm delighted to reward this hard work and improved performance with £100,000 capital to further improve services and facilities.
"Now trusts that deliver real, significant and sustained improvements are getting financial rewards that match their achievements and help them to carry on improving services and facilities for patients."
"This is just one example of how the NHS is getting better, with people receiving faster, quicker, personalised treatment."
Michael Clayton, clinical director of accident and emergency, said: "The trust has again achieved the four-hour target, continuing to improve services. Staff in accident and emergency departments deserve congratulations and thanks.
"In December each department saw 5,500 patients and had 1,000 admissions to both A&E departments at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the Calderdale Royal.
"Each year the A&E departments treat one quarter of the population of Calderdale and Kirklees.
"The reward will be go towards the purchase further equipment and to develop facilities and consistently improve patient care."