The new A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has been completed and is set to open to patients in the autumn.

The 24/7 purpose-built A&E in South Drive will replace the existing A&E on North Drive, built in the 1960s. The new centre is easily accessed from Acre Street with parking for cars and ambulances. 

The new A&E at HRI has major and minors treatment areas, a dedicated paediatric area and resuscitation and x-ray bays. It also has dedicated family carer areas, with a bereavement suite. It has been designed with inspiration from the local area and with engagement from local people. 

Its new location means it can be connected by a corridor to services in the main hospital, including CT and MRI scans, operating theatres, and ward areas.  

Anna Basford, deputy chief executive and director of transformation at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT), said: “We are absolutely delighted to have completed on the construction of the new A&E. This is a huge moment for all of us at CHFT and a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the project.  

“There’s a lot to do over the coming weeks, as we prepare for the opening. We look forward to inviting members of the public to come and have a look round before it opens and will soon be sharing details of our public open day.”

Dr Mark Davies, consultant in emergency medicine and clinical lead for the A&E development, said: “This is a pivotal moment for the project, and a step closer towards opening this fantastic facility. 

“The new, full-service Accident and Emergency department will be staffed by specialist doctors and nurses trained in emergency medicine. 

“It will enable the hospital to better meet the needs of the people of Huddersfield and the surrounding area.”  

Works on the new A&E have been completed by Integrated Health Partners (IHP). The suppliers and construction partners which supported the build along the way were almost exclusively local, generating income into the local economy and providing employment opportunities for people in the local area.     

The development is part of a wider £200 million investment into health care by Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and its partners.