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Party time as the Acute Floor at CRH hits its first birthday.

There was plenty of schloer-ping as Ward 2ABCD at Calderdale Royal Hospital have celebrated their one year anniversary of becoming an acute floor.

The merging of the former Acute Medical Unit and Short Stay ward has proven to be a huge success in terms of patient experience, patient flow and staff relations.

The Nursing and Medical staff celebrated with cakes and an awards ceremony as a thank-you for everyones hard work. The  comedy awards went to: 

  • Dr Scriven - most TV appearances award
  • Dr Ahmed - best newcomer
  • Dr Hardy - Best dressed Consultant
  • Dr Crossland - Star Baker
  • Dr Karadi - Consultant determined to have the most discharges
  • Dr Hashimi - Party Animal
  • Sister Bryson - the sister who's embraced change
  • Compassionate Nurse - Gill Kearsley and Teresa Walsh
  • Comapssionate HCA - Louise Scott

The acute floor at CRH started out as pilot and was such a success one opened at HRI this week.

Senior Sister Lynsey Marsden, said the 80 nursing staff and six consultants gelled really well. She said: "We are very lucky. We have a great team which works well together. In terms of morale no-one has left for five months on here and in January we will have no vacancies. that's how good it is.!

She said the benefits of the floor had huge benefits for patients including continuity of care from the same consultants and nursing teams and  not having to be moved from bed to bed during their stay in hospital. 

Staff enjoyed some Shloer drinks and a fab buffet and welcomed Asif Ameen to the party.

Lynsey added: " We have made a real success of it and the continuity of care for our patients is such a benefit."


Friday 7th December 2018


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has approved £196.5 million of capital funding to progress our plans for reconfiguration of hospital and community services. The funding is part of a £230 million allocation to West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. It includes schemes at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust.

The Trust will receive £22 million in the current spending period with the remainder following business case approval.


Owen Williams, Chief Executive said:

“The decision by the Secretary of State is welcome news on the back of our recent CQC rating of ‘Good’. This takes the Trust and our partners a step closer to improving the overall quality of care provided to local people.

“This forms part of our ongoing work with our local CCG Partners. Given that this involves substantial amounts of public money there will be several stages still to work through with our regulators and the Department of Health and Social Care as we develop the plans in more detail. 

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


Note: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Calderdale and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCGs were asked to provide a progress report to the Secretary of State addressing the issues raised by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).  The progress report was submitted in August and a further update is due to be submitted by the end of January 2019. 

In the initial report to the Secretary of State, the three organisations, supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement, described how proposals for hospital reconfiguration have developed and changed in response to concerns raised by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. 

The key elements of the proposals are:

-          Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital will both provide 24/7 consultant-led A&E services.

-          The A&E at CRH will receive all blue light emergency ambulances for patients that have serious life-threatening conditions (working closely with Yorkshire Ambulance Service).

-          The A&E at HRI will receive self-presenting patients. Patients requiring acute inpatient admission who present at HRI will be transferred by ambulance from HRI to CRH.

-          A specialist paediatric emergency centre at CRH.

-          CRH and HRI hospitals will both provide medically led 24/7 urgent care.

-          Critical care services, emergency surgical, complex surgery and paediatric surgical services will be provided at CRH

-          Planned surgery and care will be provided at HRI. 

-          Acute inpatient medical care will be provided at CRH.

-          Patients who do not require acute clinical care but do require extra support whilst arrangements are made to meet their future needs will be cared for at HRI.

-          Midwifery led maternity services will be provided on both hospital sites. Consultant led obstetrics and neo-natal care will be provided at CRH

-          Development of out of hospital care to enable patients to be cared for in the community when appropriate.