HOSPITAL bosses have denied that building work at a Wakefield site has started before a controversial decision is taken.
St Luke's Hospital at Crosland Moor could close as part of a proposed shake-up of services.
The two Huddersfield primary care trusts and the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust have announced plans to move services away from the 23-acre site.
And members meet at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow to take the final decisions.
But they today denied that work had already started at Fieldhead, Wakefield, to house both the Castle Hill and Newhaven units, now at St Luke's.
A spokeswoman from the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust said building work was taking place at Fieldhead, but this was part of the Heath Unit.
This was a medium secure forensic service unit which was being upgraded.
She said the work did not involve services for low-security patients now at St Luke's.
She said there was space on the Fieldhead site for units to be created if the proposals were given the go-ahead tomorrow.
But this would need to be done with extensive consultations between patients, their families and the trust.
Last week campaigners staged a candlelit vigil at St Luke's as part of the protests against the proposed shake-up of services.
St Luke's has provided hospital services in Huddersfield for almost a century.
Some of the plans include moving services for geriatric patients from St Luke's to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.