Tomorrow is the big day — the public consultation about the future of Huddersfield's A&E will begin, and we'll be hitting the road to fight to save our hospital services.
The consultation on the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposals, which could close HRI's A&E department and move all emergency care to Calderdale Royal Hospital, begin on Tuesday.
We'll be driving around Huddersfield in the Examiner Battle Bus on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to make sure everyone makes their voices heard — and health chiefs hear us when we cry "Hands Off HRI!"
Here's everything you need to know about our Save Huddersfield A&E Battle Bus:
What is the Examiner Battle Bus?
Tomorrow marks the start of the public consultation on the future of Huddersfield's A&E department — and the Battle Bus is our way of making sure everyone knows it!
From tomorrow, the public can tell health chiefs what they think about the Right Care, Right Place, Right Time proposals which could see Huddersfield's A&E closed, HRI demolished and replaced with a smaller hospital and Calderdale Royal Hospital becoming the A&E for both towns.
We'll be spending the day driving across Huddersfield, stopping to collect petition signatures to fight the proposed downsizing of HRI and make sure health chiefs know we'll fight them all the way. We'll be targeting key sites like HRI, the CCG offices and Slaithwaite Medical Centre, as well as visiting St George's Square, the University and more.
We hope you will come show your support — take a look at the route below and come join our protest if you can.
Where is the Battle Bus going?
The Examiner Battle Bus route
8am: Leave Examiner HQ
Our Battle Bus will leave the Examiner offices in Bradley, with staff and campaigners on board, at 8am.
8.45am — Calderdale Royal Infirmary
To highlight the traffic problems in getting to CRH should HRI's A&E close, we're taking on the Elland bypass in rush hour — give us a wave if you see us!
9.30am — Return to Examiner HQ
We'll return to Bradley before beginning our route through the town centre.
9.45am — Broadlea House - offices of the CCG
To make sure the CCH takes notice, we're going to pull up outside its offices!
10am — PPG Canalside
We'll be calling at the Huddersfield Town training ground where Town players and staff will show their support
11.30am — University of Huddersfield
We're stopping at the University of Huddersfield too — students, make your voices heard!
12pm — St George's Square
We'll be stopping at St George's Square over lunchtime — pay us a visit!
2pm — Holme Moss
The closure of HRI's A&E could be disastrous for communities at the far side of Huddersfield, who face a long journey to Halifax. We're going to Holme Moss — the furthest point from CRH — to take a stand.
3pm — Slaithwaite Health Centre
Slaithwaite campaigners are fighting for their GP's surgery, so we thought we'd lend a hand — our battle bus will be there around 3pm.
4pm — Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
To avoid disrupting traffic to the hospital or preventing emergency vehicles from getting through, we're stopping over the road at the Nightingale pub.
Our final stop of the day is one of the most important — Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Who will be on board?
On board will be Examiner reporters, a photographer and campaigners from the #HandsOffHRI campaign. We'll be liveblogging our Battle Bus all day on the Examiner website — and we'd love you to share your pictures and thoughts with us. Send us a Battle Bus selfie or send in your words of support and we'll feature them on our website. If you do visit the bus, you can record a video message with one of our reporters too! Email your pictures and feedback to Samantha.Gildea@trinitymirror.com or tweet to @Examiner.
Why is the Examiner doing this?
Examiner editor Roy Wright (pictured above) said: “Our journeys will show the vast area the care at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary now covers and the problems people face getting to Calderdale if the A&E at HRI was closed and moved there.
“The bus will raise the profile of what we are doing alongside members of the #HandsOffHRI campaign and will also be a chance for people to sign the petition against the closure plan there and then.
“But don’t forget this is part of a far bigger scheme that will also see HRI which now has 400 beds demolished and replaced with a far smaller one with only 120 beds. Now is the time for action as the consultation starts and we hope that the bus shows that our actions are as bold as our words!”
How you can support us
- Come and see us! Sign the petition (if you haven't already), chat to our reporters and help us make a splash on the first day of the public consultation.
- Take a Battle Bus selfie! Take a snap with the Battle Bus and tweet it to @Examiner or email to Samantha.Gildea@trinitymirror.com to feature in our gallery.
- Follow our liveblog! We'll be live from 7.30am tomorrow with the latest updates, pictures, video and reader messages — follow our blog to make sure you don't miss a thing. We'll keep you posted on where the bus is in real time so you don't miss your chance to see it in person.
- Put your campaign poster in your window! If you haven't already, pop your Save HRI A&E poster in your window for all to see! Our Battle Bus team will be keeping an eye out as they travel around Huddersfield — display your poster to show your support for our campaign and #handsoffHRI.
As part of our 'Battle Bus Battleplan' on Tuesday, we're arranging a Thunderclap — a mass message across social media to direct attention to our Save HRI A&E campaign and remind people that the public consultation has begun! We've had hundreds of people sign up so far — to join them, click the sign up button below: