A £12.2million development at Rotherham Hospital to transform how people access urgent and emergency care is set to open on 6 July.
When it opens, the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre will provide people in Rotherham with an improved service – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It will bring together a number of teams and services to provide a wider spectrum of care in one location for people with an urgent or emergency care need. This means that the right healthcare professional for the patient’s needs will be able to treat, diagnose and discharge or admit patients as their medical needs require.
The changes will bring a series of benefits to patients including reducing the number of avoidable admissions to hospital, improving patients’ experience of care and more people having their needs met in the most appropriate place whether this is in hospital, in the community or at home. The development will also benefit from greater joint working with partners such as GPs, community services and mental health services.
Dr Kay Stenton, Emergency Department Consultant at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are all very excited about the improvements we are making in Rotherham to deliver high quality urgent and emergency care to our patients. Our new, purpose built centre will help people choose the right place for their care needs.
“For those with minor injuries or ailments, seeing a GP or local pharmacist will often be the best option. Most people won’t need to come here but for those with urgent and emergency care needs, the centre has been designed to ensure they are seen quickly by the most appropriate healthcare worker whether this is a nurse, doctor or a GP.”
The existing Walk-in Centre service at Rotherham Community Health Centre will remain open until 6 July. From this date, the Walk-in Centre service staff will merge with the Emergency Department team at the new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. All other services currently at Rotherham Community Health Centre will remain, these include:
• Ear Care
• Podiatric Surgery
Over the next 10 weeks, as well as the installation of essential medical and IT equipment, a range of training and simulation events will be taking place in the new centre in preparation for the July opening.
For more information about the new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre please visit www.rotherhamemergencycentre.nhs.uk.
Andrew Johnson, Communications Officer