A new £6m emergency department at a West Yorkshire hospital is a step closer to being built.
Bradford planning chiefs have backed the new facility at Airedale Hospital in Steeton.
It is hoped that building work will start towards the end of the year after the current department has been demolished.
Dr Meg Crossley, a consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and clinical lead for the project, said: “This is great news for both staff and patients as it means that we will have an emergency department that is fit for purpose. We will continue to work with our parish council and neighbouring residents to address any of their concerns while the new unit is being built. The new department would be a huge improvement on our current facilities and will provide better privacy and dignity for our most vulnerable older patients and their families and carers.”
The work is expected to take between 10 and 12 months and plans are already being made to move the emergency department into the hospital’s former endoscopy unit next month on a temporary basis.