Hospital changes in Huddersfield

What’s is important for you in the new Huddersfield hospital? What do you understand about the changes?

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UPDATE: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust responded to some of our key questions about where funding for community services will be coming from, and how these service that will be provided outside of the hospital will work. If you would like to read the responses, please download them here.

This video, created by The King’s Fund, helps to explain how things work in the urgent and emergency care system in England currently and what might need to be done to improve the situation.

Take a look – it may help you to understand the context for changes.


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Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHT) are in discussion with Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GHCCG) about possible big changes that could take place at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI). Managers are asking whether HRI and the other hospital in the Trust, the Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) in Halifax need to change the way that they are organised to better meet the needs of a changing population.

The discussions around this started in February 2014. The engagement process took place from April – June 2014. This involved drop-in sessions, meetings with community groups and discussions with staff to gather opinion on the future of NHS services. The next step is for proposals to be put forward, taking into account the opinions gathered during the engagement process, and during summer 2014 there will be a big consultation with the public to find out their views on the proposals. The aim is that final decisions are made sometime in the autumn of 2014. To find out more about the Strategic Review, take a look at the Right Care, Right Time, Right Place website.
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Healthwatch Kirklees want to make sure that you understand the changes. If you have a question about this process and what the changes might be, Healthwatch can help you ask the managers direct, and get an answer straight away. We will be keeping this page of our website up to date with all information that is released about the consultation and the possible changes, so check back regularly for updates.

So far, Healthwatch Kirklees have received 2 key documents the partners involved in the “transformation”. These are:
– Strategic Outline Case – Transforming Services in Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale – this document gives an outline of the case so far, what people have said about services, what possible changes lie ahead
– National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) Report – Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Accident and Emergency services – this document is a report comprised by NCAT who are an independent body who analysed A&E services across the Trust in summer last year, which makes recommendations on how to make services more efficient.

We also invited Steve Ollerton and Julie Lawrenuik from GHCCG to attend our Trustee Board meeting to talk about these issues. We asked the public to come along too, and gave them an opportunity to ask questions. Click here for their presentation from that event, and click here to download the list of questions and answers posed at the Healthwatch Kirklees Trustee Board Meeting on 19th March 2014.

If you have any further questions that you would like to ask, we would be happy to receive them and to put them forward to the CHT and GHCCG. You can ring us on 01924 450379 or email your questions to us info@healthwatchkirklees.co.uk and we will publish all answers through the spring and summer until this issue is resolved.