Across the Humber area, local health and care organisations are working in partnership to improve services for local people. We are working together to find ways of getting the best from our local hospital services.

We are working together because we want to find ways to provide the best possible hospital services for the people of the Humber area and make the best use of the money, staff and buildings that are available to us. To do this, we are conducting a review of acute hospital services across Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

This review is part of a wider programme of work to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, including looking at how we can deliver care in new ways, outside of hospital altogether. You can find out more about some of the things we are doing to transform care outside of hospital here.

On this page you will find further information about the review and how you can get involved and have your say. The work will be undertaken in stages and further information will be added regularly so do check back often.

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What is the Humber Acute Services Review?

What is the Review?

The Humber Acute Services Review is a collaborative review of services in the five acute hospitals in the Humber area, which are:

  • Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Castle Hill Hospital
  • Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • Goole Hospital

The review will consider how to provide the best possible care for local people who need to use acute hospital services within the resources (money, staffing and buildings) that are available to the local NHS. This may include delivering some aspects of care out of hospitals in GP surgeries or other community settings to better meet local peoples’ needs.

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Who is involved?

The work of the review will be carried out by the following health and care organisations in the Humber area:

The review is also being supported by the four local Councils in the Humber area and a number of other expert bodies, who are providing expertise and advice throughout the process.

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Why do things need to change?

We have a number of really great health and care services in our area and many people have excellent experiences of the care they receive, however, our current services are under increasing pressure due to rising demand and in many cases are finding it extremely challenging to adequately staff and resource all the services that are provided in their  current form.

You can read more about the challenges we are currently facing and the reasons for conducting the review in our Issues Paper. We will provide further details about the challenges in each individual service area as we review each service area in turn.

Read our Issues Paper here

Why Change?

How can I get involved?

Throughout the process we are encouraging members of the public to get involved to ensure their feedback and experiences are reflected in any recommendations made.

The process we have designed for reviewing each clinical service area involves clinicians, patients and the public at each stage. You can read about our plans for engagement and involvement here.

Over the coming weeks and months we will also be holding events and attending community groups asking people to give us their views on what is most important to them in relation to hospital services to help inform our decision-making process. We will also use online and telephone surveys to gather views and ideas.

You can read the feedback from our survey here.

Attend an event

If you are interested in finding out more, contact us using the online contact form below.

Patient workshops

Patient Workshops (October 2019)


The patient workshops were the latest series of engagement events relating to the Humber Acute Services Review. Earlier this year, several focus groups (see section below) were held across the Humber area to capture the views of current and former patients with experience of using cardiology, critical care, stroke, neurology or complex rehabilitation hospital services.

We heard peoples’ views on:

  • Care when you need it unexpectedly (urgent and emergency care)
  • Planned care (planned surgery or outpatients services)
  • Care for women and children (maternity and paediatrics)

Anyone interested in these services was welcome to attend these workshops to find out more and have their say about the ideas being explored to provide the best hospital care for people living in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, and make best use of the money, clinicians and buildings that are available in the area. Find out more

Date Time Location Specialities covered
Monday, 7th October 10am to 12pm Centre 4, 17a Wootton Road, Grimsby, DN33 1HE Maternity care
12.30pm to 2.30pm Paediatric services
Tuesday, 8th October 10am to 12pm The Iron Bar, Glanford Park, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD Adult emergency care
12.30pm to 2.30pm Adult planned care
Tuesday, 15th October 10am to 12pm The Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull HU4 7DY Maternity care
12.30pm to 2.30pm Paediatric services
Thursday, 17th October 10am to 1pm Mercure Hotel, Grange Park Lane, Willerby HU10 6EA Adult emergency care and adult planned care

HASR Presentation

Overall Video

Maternity and Children

Planned Care

What Feedback Have We Collected?

Patient Focus Group Events


Several focus groups were held between January and March 2019, with current and recent patients, their families, friends and carers invited to attend to share their feedback and experience of using hospital services in the Humber area.

In order to enable contribution form a wide range of people, five events were planned across the Humber area, close to the five existing hospital sites. The sessions were organised to take place on various different dates and times covering different speciality areas.

Date Time Location Specialities Covered
Monday, 28th January 10am-12pm The Pelham Suite, Grimsby Cardiology
Critical Care
Tuesday, 29th January 10am-12pm The Mercure Hotel, Willerby Cardiology
Critical Care
Friday, 15th February 2pm-4pm The Courtyard, Goole Stroke
Complex Rehab
Wednesday, 6th March 12pm-2pm Hull Truck Theatre, Hull Stroke
Complex Rehab
Thursday, 7th March 2pm-4pm Glanford Park, Scunthorpe Stroke

In addition, the team were invited to attend three MS Society support groups to conduct further engagement to support the neurology speciality review.

Feedback from the Patient Focus Groups


A broad range of diverse feedback was provided by the participants at these focus group events. The key areas identified as opportunities for developing the services are highlighted in the Focus Group Feedback Report below.

Clinical speciality leaflets

Leaflets were created for each clinical speciality, providing a summary about the current services available in the Humber region and why these services were being reviewed. These documents, which can be viewed below, were distributed at the relevant focus group events.


Where can I find out more?

Further Reading

Our Issues Paper – published March 2018 – contains links to further information. We have gathered these links together on our website, all of which are listed below.

NHS Five Year Forward View – The NHS in England published a document called its Five Year Forward View in October 2014, which set out the ways in which the NHS would need to change over the following five years.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Enquiry – In recent years we have had The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Enquiry and subsequent Francis Report to remind us why we must continue to have patient safety as our number one priority and we will continue to put safe care as the number one priority for our hospitals.

Cancer Stats – There are approximately 5570 new cases of cancer every year in the Humber area, equivalent to 15 people being diagnosed with cancer every day in our area.

‘Wider determinants of health’ – Many of the factors that influence peoples’ overall health and wellbeing are not directly related to healthcare services.

Changes to surgery – The proportion of surgeries nationwide that now take place on a day case basis has increased significantly over the past 30 years. This rise in day case procedures means more patients can recuperate from their surgery at home rather than in a hospital bed.

Service changes at NLaG – At its board meeting in July 2017, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust decided to consolidate services in three service areas to ensure it continues to offer safe and effective care.

Recruiting and retaining staff in our hospitals – Find out more about what we are doing to recruit and retain more staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

No hospital is an island – learning from the acute care collaborations. This report covers the learning from 13 acute care collaborations that were established in September 2015 as part of the new care models programme.