TWO Brighouse health centres will merge in a multi-million-pound deal.
A new health centre will be built in the centre of the town for more than 11,000 patients.
But patients at a Rastrick centre are celebrating after health bosses did a U-turn and changed plans to merge them into the new Brighouse centre as well.
After a consultation, patients at Church Lane and Rydings Hall surgeries will be transferred to the new centre at Birds Royd Lane.
Patients at the Rastrick Health Centre will stay in Rastrick, but will be able to benefit from the Brighouse services.
Rob Webster, chief executive of Calderdale Primary Care Trust said: “We have had an excellent response and we will act on what patients have told us. We will need to work with the Rastrick GPs and patients to look at the issues with the building and how these can be resolved.
“For Church Lane and Rydings Hall, patients are in favour of a new development but have raised a number of issues that they want to be resolved.
“Over the next couple of months we will be talking to the GPs and patients and with the developer to find solutions to these issues.
“We will also be looking at how we deliver the extra services suggested by local people as we seek to deliver more care in local health centres.”
Over the past two months, the PCT consulted with patients at the three surgeries. Some 87% of patients in Rastrick said they wanted their health services to remain there.
The majority of Brighouse patients backed the relocation but raised concerns about access and parking facilities, which will be considered in future plans.
They also requested extra services including blood testing, chiropody and podiatry as well as eye and hearing clinics and physiotherapy.