HOSPITAL bosses have admitted that a new laboratory at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary may not be in use for eight months.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust announced on Tuesday that two new operating theatres and a vascular laboratory, costing £3.5m, had been built at the hospital and were ready to use.
The trust said the laboratory, which will be used to diagnose problems with veins and arteries, will be equipped with two new ultrasound scanners, worth £100,000 each.
But The Examiner has learned that the laboratory does not have either scanner in place.
Only one piece of equipment has so far turned up to replace an out-of-date scanner.
A spokeswoman for the trust said money was available and the scanners would be bought in the next eight months.
The two operating theatres have been in use for weeks.
Meanwhile, a trust insider suggested that cash for staff to use the scanners was not available, as it had been spent elsewhere. But the trust spokeswoman denied this.
"All the finance has been secured, but we have not started recruiting yet," she said.
* Two consultants in the treatment of blood disorders are leaving the trust this year.
It was feared the absence of the doctors would have a serious impact on cancer patients.
A trust spokesman said: "Haematology is a particularly difficult speciality to recruit to, with long- standing vacancies across the country.
"However, the trust is doing all it can to find replacements for both these positions."
He added that in the short term the trust would be organising a temporary replacement and working with neighbouring units "to make sure the appropriate clinical arrangements are in place for the care of haematology patients in Huddersfield".