MILLIONS of pounds of extra money is to be pumped into hospital and health services in Huddersfield.
A £13m redevelopment of five hospitals run by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has just been confirmed by the Government's Health Department.
The plans also include new health centres for Brighouse and Todmorden.
Work will be carried out at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Holme Valley Memorial Hospital at Holmfirth , the Princess Royal Centre in Huddersfield, the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax and the Laura Mitchell Health Centre in Great Albion Street, Halifax.
The investment for the Calderdale Royal and the Huddersfield Royal will be used to create mini-community
hospitals within existing hospitals.
They could offer extra services to those provided by the acute hospitals
Health Minister Andy Burnham unveiled the packages as he confirmed nearly £50m spending plans on new NHS community hospitals and super-surgeries.
Six new health centres, two new community hospitals and eight refurbished community hospitals will open in towns and cities across the country.
This is part of a major drive to provide NHS patients with more minor operations, medical tests and follow-up care outside of large hospitals.
Outdated hospitals set to be transformed into modern community hospitals include all five in Huddersfield and Halifax.
The new centre in Brighouse will house local GPs, offering walk-in centres for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.
They will also provide other extra services, such as maternity and diagnostic services.
The state-of-the-art facilities will offer a wide range of services, from surgery to stop-smoking services, to match the needs of local patients.
Mr Burnham said: "We have made an excellent start to the community hospitals programme, with schemes worth close to £100m having received the go-ahead.
"There will be even more community hospitals and health centres getting the green light in the coming months as we deliver on our £750m, five-year programme that will change the face of the NHS."
And he added: "We are not just building like-for-like replacements of existing buildings.
"We are rethinking the way the NHS provides care so that patients receive better, more convenient services."
A spokesman for the foundation trust said: "This is welcome and exciting news for the people of Calderdale and Kirklees.
"It will build on work already under way to provide modern, state-of- the-art facilities across the area and a health service local people can be proud of."