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Site preparation begins for innovative new Emergency Centre

17 Mar 2015 12:58:33
EC start build

Health partners from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Care UK came together this week at the Rotherham Hospital site to mark the initial site preparation for the Emergency Centre project.

Staffed by highly skilled and trained nurses and doctors experienced in assessing and treating patients’ needs, the Emergency Centre will provide the right care, first time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Kay Stenton, Emergency Department Consultant at the Trust said: “This is the start of an exciting journey which will provide centralised urgent care for the people of Rotherham.

The physical build of the centre will start in Oct 2015, although some internal alterations will begin prior to this, and it is anticipated to be completed in the Spring of 2017. We are all very excited at watching the project develop to provide our patients with excellent urgent care provision. We would like to thank the public in advance for their support and cooperation whilst work is undertaken.”

The Emergency Centre is a ‘first of its kind’ and will give Rotherham patients responsive and high quality services under one roof when they need emergency or urgent NHS care. As part of the site preparation works which began this week, there are now changes to car parking facilities in order to facilitate the build; we suggest that people allow extra time when visiting the hospital in order to familiarise themselves with new car parking facilities.

Certain car parks will be closed at the hospital and alternative car parking arrangements will
be put in place until completion and we will endeavour to keep this level of disruption to a minimum.

If the public have any further queries about the Emergency Centre there is a dedicated email: emergencycentreenquiries@rothgen.nhs.uk

As part of the plans the services that are currently provided by the Walk-in Centre will move to the new centre. The Walk-in Centre will maintain its current service until the opening of the Emergency Centre, with other health services continuing to be provided at Rotherham Community Health Centre in the future.

Patients are reminded to choose the right care for their symptoms - advice and/or medicines for common illnesses can be given without having to make an appointment with the local doctor by using the ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme in Rotherham. Please don't forget, if it’s not an emergency don’t go to A&E - consider calling NHS 111.

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