£320m fund­ing for re­gion’s hospi­tals

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

NEARLY £320M in fund­ing for hos­pi­tal ser­vices in York­shire has been an­nounced as part of ma­jor in­vest­ment into the NHS.

Three large schemes in West York­shire were handed more than £230m, while hospi­tals in East and North York­shire and North Lin­colnshire will ben­e­fit from nearly £88.5m in fund­ing.

The largest chunk – £196m – was awarded to Calderdale and Hud­der­s­field NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which will now press ahead with re­vised plans for its two main hospi­tals.

Un­der the pro­pos­als, am­bu­lances with pa­tients with lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tions will go to Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal, in Hal­i­fax, while Hud­der­s­field Royal In­fir­mary (HRI) will take “self-pre­sent­ing” pa­tients who turn up at ac­ci­dent and emer­gency. Any­one need­ing acute in­pa­tient ad­mis­sion would then be trans­ferred by am­bu­lance to Calderdale.

The re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of ser­vices comes af­ter plans to bull­doze HRI and cen­tralise A&E in Hal­i­fax were axed by NHS bosses in Au­gust af­ter a storm of protest.

The foun­da­tion trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Owen Wil­liams, said that there were sev­eral more stages to be worked through as the plans were de­vel­oped.

He added: “We will con­tinue to work with lo­cal peo­ple, staff, partners, scru­tiny and cam­paign groups to en­sure that we cre­ate the next steps to­gether.”

Else­where, Leeds Teach­ing Hospi­tals NHS Trust re­ceived £27m to bring pathol­ogy ser­vices to­gether in new fa­cil­i­ties.

And four hospi­tals – Hull Royal In­fir­mary, Scar­bor­ough, Grimsby and Scun­thorpe – will be granted funds for up­grades to en­sure they meet mod­ern stan­dards.

Hull, Grimsby and Scun­thorpe will also get new MRI and CT scan­ners, mean­ing pa­tients can un­dergo tests more quickly and start their treat­ment ear­lier.

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