NHS England Yorkshire and Humber region is asking patients and the public for their views on proposals for the future of specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire.
Vascular services reconstruct, unblock or bypass arteries and are often one-off specialist procedures to reduce the risk of sudden death or amputation and prevent stroke.
Currently the specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire are delivered from three centres – Leeds General Infirmary, Bradford Royal Infirmary and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Based on a need to reduce the number of specialised vascular centres from three to two identified by Yorkshire and The Humber Clinical Senate, the proposed recommendation being consulted on is that those centres should be at Leeds General Infirmary due to its status as a major trauma centre, and Bradford Royal Infirmary due to its co-location with renal care.
The proposals could result in all specialised vascular surgery that requires an overnight hospital stay being transferred from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to Bradford Royal Infirmary, which would potentially affect up to 800 patients a year.
This consultation, which is being run by NHS England specialised commissioning working with the acute trusts through West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts will run up to 30 November 2019.
To support the consultation a number of events in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford are taking place for members of the public and patients to attend. These will provide an opportunity for clinical leaders to explain the proposals. In Kirklees these events will take place on:
- Thursday 3 October, 2pm until 4pm. The John Smiths Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.
- Tuesday 15 October, 6pm until 8pm. The John Smiths Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.