The trust which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is paying almost £672,000 a year to rent its own new outpatient unit.
Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust pays £671,669 per year to Pennine Property Partnership LLP for the Acre Mills unit, across the road from the main Infirmary site.
Acre Mills, which opened in February last year, was redeveloped for £9m under a ‘50:50 joint venture’ between the trust and London-based property developer Henry Boot.
The arrangement has sparked concern as to how much rent the trust will pay if a new Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) is built under a similar partnership.
Under the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal the existing Infirmary, which is owned by the trust and incurs no rent, will be demolished.
A smaller hospital will be built on land next to Acre Mill, which is owned by the trust.
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It will be financed either with a loan or a partnership between the trust and a developer.
Local health campaigner, Terry Hallworth, said the public needed to know under what arrangement the new Infirmary would be built.
Mr Hallworth, of Holmfirth, said: “The consultation document does not say whether the new planned care hospital at Acre Mill would be privately owned – not publicly owned as part of the NHS Estate, like Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is.
“Acre Mill is owned by the Pennine Property Partnership PPP, split 50/50 between CHFT and Henry Boot.
“HRI is solely owned by the NHS, so CHFT pays no rents or dues.
“HRI is NHS property and subject to government oversight and scrutiny.”
A trust spokesperson said more details on the funding of a new HRI would be released later.
Under Right Care Right Time Right Place the new HRI will have 119 beds (compared to 400 currently) and 10 operating theatres.
It will focus on planned care and will have an urgent care unit – but not an emergency care centre.
The Acre Mills Outpatients Unit opened after two years’ work to convert the once derelict mill into a facility to serve more than 100,000 patients a year.
The facility, opposite HRI, has specialist areas for children, and the three main senses, ears, noses and eyes.
Managers behind the project installed all new diagnostic equipment, including x-ray, laser treatment and ultrasound machines.
Interesting facilities include three padded sound proof rooms for hearing tests, an ‘Artificial Eye Room’, a medical version of a sun bed to treat skin conditions, and a ‘Clinical Investigation Room’.