|Airedale General Hospital|
|Airedale NHS Foundation Trust|
Location in West Yorkshire
|Location||Steeton with Eastburn, West Yorkshire, England|
|Affiliated university||Leeds University School of Medicine|
|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. Airedale was opened for patients in July 1970 and officially opened by the Prince of Wales on 11 December of the same year. The hospital covers a wide area including Keighley, Skipton and parts of the Yorkshire Dales and eastern Lancashire. The hospital has links for Neurosurgical emergencies with Leeds General Infirmary. The hospital provides approximately 324 beds.
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. His later trial had nothing to do with his designs for Airedale Hospital.
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.
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 7 July 1970. 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.
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 3 July 1993. The hospital was the scene of demonstrations by pro-life campaigners during this time.
In September 2021, the hospital acquired a British Rail Class 144 "Pacer" train carriage after it won a competition by the Department for Transport. It plans to use the vehicle as a non-clinical communal space.
The hospital is said to have “the largest single flat roof” of any English hospital – around 30,000sq metres – and this has reportedly resulted in the "most roof leaks in the country”. It is also believed to be the oldest aerated concrete hospital in the UK, which poses a dangerous risk to its overall infrastructure.