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Protest over hospital A&E closure plans

Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A protest walk will be held today over the controversial proposal to close Calderdale Royal Hospital's accident and emergency department.

The "family amble" will set off from Hunger Hill , near Halifax's Shay Stadium at 12 noon.

There will be a Samba band, face painting and real live clowns - under the banner of "You'd have to be a clown to close Calderdale A&E".

The closure of Calderdale's A&E is the preferred option of the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Health and Social Care Strategic Review with Huddersfield Royal Infirmary providing 24 hour emergency care.

The proposal is one of five that will go out for public engagement in the summer and could be decided upon by the end of the year.

The five proposals are:

1) Continue with the existing hospital and community service model and configuration

2) Implement the community and hospital service model with Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as the site for acute and emergency care and Calderdale Royal Hospital as the site for planned hospital care.

3) Implement the community and hospital service model with Calderdale Royal Hospital as the site for acute aand emergency care and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as the site for planned hospital care.

4) Continue with the existing community service model and change emergency hospital care provided locally so that those people needing specialist treatments are transferred to a major emergency centre outside the local area.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital would offer ‘see and intiate treatment’ services with people needing specialist treatments transferred to specialist centres.

5) Other topics which may emerge from the planned engagament activity with staff, public, patients, carers and their representatives.

Party time

Up to 400 very special children and their parents are having a party with staff from the assisted conception unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital. The annual get-together is being held in Halifax.

The unique camaraderie between our staff and patients means this event is always very popular. We are very proud of our reputation and the fact parents continue to come to us to help them become families and it is always a pleasure for us to see them again. We now have such a wide range specialist knowledge in all areas which puts patients at ease and reduces stress when they are going through difficult times. This party is a celebration for them and us and a highlight of our year.”

– Clinical nurse lead Helen Marvell

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