A milestone has been marked in the development of Rotherham’s new Emergency Centre.
Hospital doctors and local GPs, accompanied by key partners of the project, gathered on the building site of the extension to Rotherham Hospital to give the newly erected steel frame the seal of approval. The steel work now clearly marks out the shape and size of the centre which is due to open in 2017. The Emergency Centre is set to bring modern, enhanced expert healthcare to local people, enabling doctors and nurses from a range of medical and clinical backgrounds to work better together by sharing skills and resources to provide the best treatment for the patients of Rotherham. Kay Stenton, Emergency Care Consultant, commented: “Now that the Emergency Centre is taking physical shape we can really visualise how the building will look when it is finished. “We’re doing a lot of work behind the scenes too with our doctors, nurses, patients and partners to ensure our processes and systems meet the latest health guidance and to ensure that emergency services will continue to run smoothly as we move into our new home. Please support us to make the new centre a success by not coming to hospital unless absolutely necessary.” The new state-of-the-art Emergency Centre will provide a better service for patients - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year all under one roof. It is being developed in partnership with NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Care UK. The construction of the building is being undertaken by Kier. The centre will be staffed by highly skilled and trained nurses and doctors who are experienced in assessing and treating patients. Care provided in the new Emergency Centre will be for patients needing urgent or emergency care that cannot be provided by their local pharmacy or GP. It will incorporate Rotherham’s Emergency, or ‘Accident and Emergency’ Department, there to treat those patients needing life or limb saving care, such as suspected heart attacks, head injuries, other critical illnesses or suspected broken bones, for example. To ensure that the new centre operates to its maximum effectiveness, Rotherham residents are urged to use NHS services wisely when they feel unwell by first seeking advice from a local pharmacy, calling NHS 111 or contacting their GP surgery for advice. 999 and Accident and Emergency services should only be used when urgent care is needed. You can find out more about getting the right care first time and the Emergency Centre development here: www.rotherhamemergencycentre.nhs.uk.
Photo caption LtoR: Andrew Clarkson – Project Manager - Kier, Nick Shepherd - Operations Director - Kier, John Cartwright - Director of Estates and Facilities at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Louise Barnett - Chief Executive at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Dr David Clitherow - Rotherham GP representing NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, Kay Stenton – Emergency Care Consultant at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust