Following a continuing rise in the number of seriously unwell Covid-19 patients being admitted to both Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI), we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule non-urgent surgery. This position will be reviewed weekly.
All our patients affected by the decision will be contacted and supported at this difficult time for them.
The Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, Helen Barker, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Colleagues have been working extremely hard and have done all they could to continue to keep our services open and safe for our patients and their families for as long as possible during these challenging times.”
All emergency care, cancer surgery and care for other life-threatening serious conditions will continue to be provided.
The Huddersfield Birth Centre will be providing protected capacity for cancer and other urgent surgery patients and we are contacting all women who are due to give birth in the next few days and weeks to help them with alternative arrangements with us.
The Trust is urging people to use their GP where possible as surgeries are open however if you have an emergency illness or serious injury you should attend A&E.
This decision is in line with other trusts across West Yorkshire. CHFT will continue to support our local partners in Calderdale and Kirklees Councils encouraging our local communities to follow the new national lockdown coming in on Thursday 5 November and to remember Hands, Face, Space – to help stop the spread of the virus.
Our visiting arrangements are reviewed regularly and current arrangements can be viewed here.