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03.01.2023 - A new A&E in 2023

Eddie Parker, right, and our construction partners, Vinci, are starting 2023 on a high.

At the back end of last year they received their highest ever Considerate Constructor’s rating - 44/45.  The construction workforce is mainly from the Huddersfield and West Yorkshire areas, and we currently have student next-generation constructors onsite from Kirklees College gaining valuable work experience alongside the skilled teams. There is also an apprentice scheme.

Vinci also offer a Positive Intervention board with postcards on it so anyone can share their ideas on how to make it a better place to work and get a fast-tracked response.  Eddie, third right in the group shot, is pictured with CHFT colleagues providing one of the many escorted internal tours. He said: “We recognise the value of being a good partner not just for the Trust and its new A&E but for the whole of the Kirklees local community and the extra value we can offer them. There’s a wide range of skills coming together here so it offers invaluable on-site training for youngsters at the start of their careers.”

12.12.2022 - A&E staff walkabouts

Nicola Hardman, left, and Jean Milner, right, are two key expert colleagues involved in the ongoing development of our new A&E at HRI.

Consultant Microbiologist Nicola and IPC specialist nurse Jean were on the latest walk-round as we enter Week 44 of the project due for completion late next summer/autumn.

They’ve also been to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to pick up learning from the team on their Infectious Diseases Unit. Our new A&E will have an isolation suite with specialist ventilation to help manage patients with confirmed or suspected highly infectious diseases.

All other treatment rooms in the department will be single ones with excellent ventilation and infection control. Learning from the COVID experience in Emergency Departments and national health building guidance has paved the way in the design.

Another new feature is the decontamination room (as opposed to an emergency inflatable tent currently) for cases such as a chemical or biological incident.

Nicola said: “It is very exciting to see the designs come to life, and to know that we’re creating an environment with patient and colleague safety and experience at its very core”.

21.11.2022: “Pretty phenomenal” - HRI A&E truly taking shape

We’re at the half-way point of the new HRI A&E build and last week we welcomed guests from the Integrated Care Board for a guided tour and look around. Our CEO, Brendan Brown, said “All the planning is coming together. We will really see the benefit from all the space – it’s enlightening. In fact it's pretty phenomenal!

Next stages are:

  • Internal partitions are ongoing.
  • mechanical & electrical works inside are starting to gain momentum.
  • The stone-work to the façade continues to the North, East & South elevations.
  • Our roofing contractor has finished the plant room roof and is now focusing on the main roof works.
  • The aluminium cladding to the plant room has commenced.

04.11.2022: All smiles as opening date is set for the Rainbow Community Hub

Our Estates’ Jammal Mohammed and fire officer Keith Rawnsley, left, were joined by the puppets at the latest site inspection at our new Rainbow Community Hub in the Clock House, Huddersfield Road, Elland.

Our first patients are expected to have their appointments there from Monday, January 4, 2023.

The hub replaces the Rainbow Child Development Unit (CDU) at CRH providing care and treatment for youngsters with learning and developmental conditions. The site of the existing CDU will be needed for the new clinical buildings at CRH. Thanks to our charity for the Toddle Waddle and its ongoing support.

30.10.2020: New Learning and Development Centre at CRH

Consultation on a new Learning and Development Centre at CRH closed on Sunday October 30.

As part of our reconfiguration plans, we are seeking planning permission for a brand-new Learning and Development Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital (see artist’s impression top)

Colleagues – as well as local residents – our colleagues were also asked to share their views in a short survey.   

The new centre will be flat-roofed and two-storey with the library, training and seminar rooms and a well-being outdoor area. The site of the existing Learning and Development Centre will become part of all the new developments planned at CRH.

08.08.2022: Top Floor in place at new HRI A&E

The top floor steelwork (for plant) of our new A&E building at HRI is now in place. We are also looking at the interior layout and pictured (bottom) are consultant Mark Davies and matron Stacey Cartwright sampling a tour of the space.

26.07.2022: Steel structure in place at HRI

Work has progressed onto the next key phase of the new A&E building at HRI with the steel structure now in place on South Drive.

We started back in March and the new A&E is due to open for patients in the summer of next year – so just 12 months to go.

20.06.2022: Kirklees guests visit HRI ED

Work is progressing at HRI to build the new state-of-the-art A&E building. It is located on the South Drive close to the main building and is due to open for patient care in late 2023.

Groundwork started in March this year and we welcomed our guests for an overview of the site and progress so far. They are from l-r Richard Parry, Strategic Director Adults and Health, Kirklees Council, Helen Hirst, CHFT’s new Chair from 1 July, our CEO Brendan Brown, Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and Janette Cockroft, our Lead Nurse for Reconfiguration Programme.

30.06.2021: Video update

Plans to reconfigure our health provision in hospitals and community across Calderdale and Huddersfield are progressing. This presentation gives an update of where we are and our next steps for later this year and into the future. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IPP0HnGBNg

30.03.2021: Thank you for sharing your views

Thank-you to everyone who shared their views on our proposals for new development work and new buildings at both Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

They include a brand new A&E building and an essential works programme of upgrading wards and theatres at HRI and an extension of hospital buildings with an A&E, Paediatrics A&E, enhanced Intensive Care Unit and theatres at CRH as well as a patient and staff car park.

All the details and updates for the new proposals for both hospitals will continue to be available at www.chftfutureplans.co.uk The £196.5 million proposals are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and supported by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthcare Partnership.

The Trust’s Chair Philip Lewer, said: “This is very much an ongoing journey to ensure we provide the best hospital healthcare for patients and families in Huddersfield and Calderdale for now and for future generations.”

08.03.2021: Latest proposals unveiled

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust today (Monday 8th March 2021) unveiled the latest proposals and artists’ impressions for development work and new buildings at both Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

They include a brand new A&E building and an essential works programme of upgrading wards and theatres at HRI and an extension of hospital buildings with an A&E, Paediatrics A&E, enhanced Intensive Care Unit and theatres at CRH as well as a patient and staff car park.

All the details for the new proposals for both hospitals are available at  www.chftfutureplans.co.uk

Members of the public across the communities of Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield are being invited to share their views on the new developments proposed in advance of planning applications being submitted to the local councils of Calderdale and Kirklees in May. The deadline to do so is Monday March 29.

The £196.5 million proposals are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and fully supported by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthcare Partnership and pending the planning permission decision, it is hoped the work could be starting this year at HRI and scheduled for completion in 2025.

The Trust’s Chair, Philip Lewer, said: “This is very much an ongoing journey to ensure we provide the best hospital healthcare for patients and families in Huddersfield and Calderdale for now and for future generations.”