NHS England North East and Yorkshire launched a public consultation setting out proposals for the future of specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire and asked patients and the public for their views.
Brief description of the project
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 the proposed recommendation 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.
Who did we speak to?
We wanted to hear from as many people as possible in the West Yorkshire area to support NHS England North East and Yorkshire with this consultation. This included current or previous users of services, patients, carers, family members, volunteers and health care staff.
What and how did we ask?
We wanted to hear views on the proposals to change the way specialised vascular services are delivered in West Yorkshire. We were asking people to complete an online survey. There were also a number of drop-ins that took place across Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford.
What will happen with my feedback?
All the feedback received will be considered. NHS England Yorkshire and Humber will analyse and theme the responses and write an engagement report that will outline the findings and provide recommendations. We will share the report here once it is available.
Please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/north-east-yorkshire/wyv/ for more information