NHS England North East and Yorkshire has launched a public consultation setting out proposals for the future of specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire and is asking patients and the public for their views.
(Please note that this consultation is being led by NHS England Yorkshire and Humber region)
Brief Summary 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 as 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.
There are three main reasons for the recommended change to services set out as part of the consultation:
- Specialised vascular centres must be able to deliver a safe and sustainable service to comply with NHS England’s national service specification.
- There are significant staffing pressures at both the Bradford and Huddersfield centres, and while teams are working very hard to maintain good patient outcomes and deliver the appropriate volume of activity for specialised vascular procedures, the service cannot continue in its current form.
- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust currently run a shared out of hours on-call rota for emergency vascular services between the two sites, which is not supported as an acceptable or long-term solution by NHS England or Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate.
Who do we want to hear from?
We want to hear from as many people as possible in the West Yorkshire area to support NHS England North East and Yorkshire with this consultations. This includes current or previous users of patients, carers, family members, volunteers and health and care staff.
What are we asking?
We want to hear your views on the proposals for changes to the way specialised vascular services are delivered in West Yorkshire.
How can you share your views?
You can let us know your thoughts on the proposals by completing an online survey by clicking the button below:
To request a copy of the consultation on the future of specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire to be sent to you by post, please email england.WYVfeedback@nhs.net or telephone 0113 825 1536. There is a downloadable PDF below in the ‘Downloads’ section if you would prefer to print out a copy of the survey.
There are also a number of drop-ins taking place where you can give your feedback:
- Kirklees/Huddersfield: 3 October, 2pm until 4pm. Venue: The John Smiths Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.
- Kirklees/Huddersfield: 15 October, 6pm until 8pm. Venue: The John Smiths Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.
- Calderdale/Halifax: 8 October, 6pm until 8pm. Venue: The Arches, East Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX.
- Calderdale/Halifax: 29 October, 6pm until 8pm. Venue: The Crossley Gallery, East Mill, 328 Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX.
- Bradford: 7 October, 2pm until 4pm. Venue: Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Cheapside, Bradford, BD1 4HU.
- Bradford: 14 October, 5pm until 7pm. Venue: Great Victoria Hotel, Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JX.
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