Consultation on specialised vascular services in West Yorkshire  

NHS England and Improvement’s Regional Commissioning Committee for North East and Yorkshire has met to consider the West Yorkshire consultation feedback report on specialised vascular services.

This decision-making committee has approved proposals to have two specialised vascular centres instead of three in West Yorkshire, one at Leeds General Infirmary due to its status as a major trauma centre and the other at Bradford Royal Infirmary due to its co-location with renal care.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide vascular day-case surgery, diagnostics, outpatient appointments and rehabilitation services.

After a pause in implementing these plans due to responding to the COVID pandemic, West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts has now confirmed it is in a position to move forward with this work.

The new specialised vascular service arrangements are expected to come into effect from 16 November 2020.

Patients will be contacted directly to advise them of what this means in terms of any change to the hospital they should attend for their next appointment or procedure. For the majority of patients there will be no change.

The consultation received more than 380 responses from vascular patients and carers, staff, members of the public and organisations with an interest in the proposals. NHS England and Improvement would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that provided feedback and participated in the process.

To access a copy of the consultation feedback report and the NHS England and Improvement response visit: https://democracy.kirklees.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=661&MId=6308&Ver=4