Airedale General Hospital

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Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
File:Airedale General Hospital OPD Dec 2013.jpg
Outpatients Department Entrance to Airedale General Hospital
Location Steeton with Eastburn, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
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Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university Leeds University School of Medicine
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 400
Founded 1970
Lists Hospitals in England

Airedale General Hospital is an NHS district General Hospital based in Steeton with Eastburn, West Yorkshire, England and is operated by the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.[1] Airedale was opened for patients in July 1970[2] and officially opened by the Prince of Wales on 11 December of the same year.[3] The hospital covers a wide area including Keighley, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales and parts of the North York Moors. The hospital has links for Neurosurgical emergencies with Leeds General Infirmary.


The hospital was planned as far back as 1963 with many sites being optioned including Silsden and also a site nearer to Skipton. Building work was initiated in 1966 to a plan by renowned and then disgraced architect John Garlick Llewellyn Poulson.[4] His later trial had nothing to do with his designs for Airedale Hospital.[3]

The original estimate for the construction of the 32 acre site was £4.5 million including equipment. This was later revised to £5 million in 1967. The hospital, with an initial designation of 650 beds, was due to open in 1969, but was eventually opened in stages starting in July 1970.[2]

Upon opening, it was revealed that it would actually house 643 beds and have an eventual cost of £5.4 million. The maternity ward opened on 6 July 1970, after the main sections of the hospital, with the first birth being on the 7 July 1970.[5] The opening of Airedale spelt the end for some of the older hospitals in the area, namely Keighley Victoria, St Johns and Mortons Bank. These all closed in 1970 on transfer of patients to the new facility.[6]

Airedale was the hospital that Tony Bland, the 96th and final Hillsborough Disaster victim, was transferred to in 1989. Mr Bland was in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) after being crushed at Hillsborough. His parents successfully applied to the High Court to cease his feeding and allow him to die, which he did on the 3 July 1993.[7] The hospital was the scene of demonstrations by pro-life campaigners during this time.[8]


  • Referral to treatment - 92% of patients were treated within 18 weeks in 2014-2015.[9]
  • Cleanliness - The hospital scored 8.0 out of 10
  • MRSA blood infection rate - 0.97 infections for every 10,000 bed days

Maternity unit

  • Midwives available for 1:1 care
  • Midwives available for home birth
  • Midwives trained in water birth
  • Obstetrician on-site


    • Emergency Department - Airedale General Hospital
  • C
    • Cardiology General-Cardiology
  • D
    • Diabetic General-Diabetic Medicine
    • Diabetic Medicine General (Airedale)-Diabetic Medicine
  • E
    • Endocrine General-Endocrinology
    • Endocrine Metabolic Bone-Endocrinology
    • Endocrinology General (Airedale)-Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine
    • ENT General Adult-Ear Nose and Throat
    • ENT General Paediatric-Ear Nose and Throat
  • G
    • Gastroenterology Medical-Gastroenterology
    • Gastroenterology Medical-Gastroenterology
    • Geriatric General-Geriatric Medicine
    • Gynaecology General (Airedale)-Gynaecology
    • Gynaecology General-Gynaecology
    • Gynaecology Infertility and Reproductive Endocrine-Airedale NHS Trust
    • Gynaecology Menstrual Bleed Service (Airedale)-Gynaecology
    • Gynaecology Urogynaecology-Gynaecology
  • H
    • Haematology Anaemia-Clinical Haematology
    • Haematology General-Clinical Haematology
  • N
    • Nephrology General-Nephrology
    • Neurology General-Neurology
  • O
    • Ophthalmology Cataracts-Ophthalmology
    • Ophthalmology General Adult-Ophthalmology
    • Ophthalmology Paediatric-Child&Adolescent
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-Airedale NHS Trust
    • Orthopaedic Ankle and Foot-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic Back Pain-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic General Adult-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic General Paediatric-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic Hands-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic Hip and Knee-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthopaedic Shoulder-Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • Orthoptic Paediatric Assessment-Ophthalmology
  • P
    • Paediatric Bowel Assessment-Paediatrics
    • Paediatric Heart Assessment-Paediatric
    • Paediatric Minor General Surgery-Paediatric Surgery
    • Paediatric Neurology-(Airedale)
    • Paediatric Orthopaedic-Paediatric
    • Paediatric Renal-(Airedale)
    • Paediatric Renal-Paediatrics
    • Paediatric Routine General-(Airedale)
    • Paediatric Urgent Assessment-Paediatrics
    • Paediatric Urology Minor Surgery-Paediatric Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery General (Airedale) -Plastic Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery General Paediatric (Airedale) -Children's & Adolescent
    • Plastic Surgery General-Plastic Surgery
  • R
    • Rehabilitation General (Airedale) -Rehabilitation
    • Rehabilitation General-Rehabilitation
    • Rheumatology General Adult-Rheumatology
  • S
    • Stroke General Medicine (Airedale) -General Medicine
    • Stroke Geriatric Medicine (Airedale)-Geriatric Medicine
    • Stroke Neurology (Airedale)-Neurology
    • Surgery Breast-Non
    • Surgery-General Rectal & Colorectal
    • Surgery-Not Otherwise Specified
    • Surgery-Thyroid/Parathyroid
    • Surgery-Upper GI
    • Surgery-Vascular
  • T
    • Thoracic General-Thoracic Medicine
    • Thoracic Medicine-Sleep
    • Thoracic Medicine-Tuberculosis
  • U
    • Urology General Adult-Urology
    • Urology General Adult-Urology
    • Urology General Paediatric-Urology

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "60 patients switched to new hospital". Telegraph and Argus. 6 July 1970. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Airedale General Hospital". Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Campaign for a new hospital to serve Craven". Craven Herald. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "First Birth at New Hospital". Telegraph and Argus. 8 July 1970. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  6. "Push Button Hospital". Telegraph and Argus. 6 July 1970. p. 6. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  7. "Tony Bland died of kidney failure". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. White, Clive (15 April 2009). "I sometimes wonder what would Tony be like". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 17 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST Annual report and accounts 2014 - 2015" (PDF). Airedale NHS Trust. 27 May 2015. p. 15. Retrieved 14 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>