Calderdale hospital PFI to be expanded

Calderdale Royal Hospital could be expanded by 300 beds under a reconfiguration of services in the region.

The hospital, which is operating under a PFI deal, could be expanded after the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups met to consider plans for reconfiguring the region’s care services that would also see Huddersfield’s 400-bed infirmary replaced by a 120-bed hospital nearby.

It is thought that the change programme would cost nearly £500m to be delivered, although it remains to be seen how any projects would be financed.

Any changes to the Calderdale Royal would need to be negotiated with the private partners.

“We are facing significant challenges and we believe that these proposals would bring about the greatest overall benefits,” said Alan Brook, GP and chair of Calderdale CCG.