Rotherham Hospital volunteers recently joined public members of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, local community groups and a local councillor for an exclusive sneak peak behind the hoardings of the new main entrance at Rotherham Hospital.
During their tour of the redevelopment, they also gave the building team feedback and ideas about some of the plans for signage and access to the main building. Michelle Hague is the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator for the Rotherham Learning Disability Service (RLDS). She says: “We provide support for a variety of people across Rotherham; some with learning disabilities and some who also have physical limitations. It’s great to see how it’s all developing and I‘m pleased we’ve been given the opportunity to give advice on some of the things to help make hospital services better for the people we work with.
“Many of the people we support have regular appointments at the hospital, so it’s obviously important for us they feel welcome when they come for treatment and have all the information they need as soon as they walk in the door. We often escort them when they come here, so it’s nice for us to see how much the area has already changed. It has made such a big difference already, so I’m excited about seeing the area when it’s finished.”
Volunteer John Harpin from Rotherham is a familiar face on the welcome desk at Rotherham Hospital and says: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the new main entrance up and running. The old area was quite dark and dingy but this new space is much bigger and brighter. It’ll give a much better welcome to patients, which should hopefully make them happier and more relaxed. I think it will help to make my job as a volunteer a bit easier too because some patients can get a bit stressed when they come in but hopefully these new surroundings will make them feel more at ease.”
“We are redeveloping the main entrance for one reason only and that is to make it better for our patients,” explains Community Involvement Manager Lorraine Brinnen. “The most important thing is that the new area serves the local community and I’m thrilled so many people from our local community, our partner organisations and the people who regularly give up their own time to volunteer with us have been able to have a sneaky peak. Their feedback is so important to us and some of their suggestions will affect the decisions we make and help us to build a better hospital for our patients”