Type keywords in the text box above.
 

Think before visiting A&E

21 Sep 2011 13:34:22


The A&E department at Rotherham Hospital has seen a dramatic surge in patient numbers recently, staff are urging people in Rotherham to make sure they choose the right care pathway for them. 

Doctors are now treating 50 more people a day than they were a few years ago. This means that the department is seeing in excess of 220 patients per day, often more at peak times. 

Deputy Business & Service Manager Lesley Hammond says: “We need people to consider other options for their care. A&E is designed for emergency care, but increasingly we are seeing people who do not necessarily need hospital treatment. People should consider other options such as NHS Direct, their local pharmacy, the Walk in Centre or their GP before choosing A&E. 

 "Inevitably the winter period will be an even busier time for us as we often see a lot of people with broken bones or sprains due to ice and snow. Therefore we need patients to help us by making an informed choice about their care as this will help us to manage our time at the department with patients who really need emergency treatment. It may be that A&E is the right place for many patients, but we still get some people turning up with minor conditions, coughs, colds or the flu which can then put our staff and other patients at risk of infection. There is lots of information on the internet to help patients choose a care provider more effectively, but obviously our advice to anyone who feels they really need emergency care is to come to A&E.” 

Clinical Director, Dr Suzanne Brady, says: “There is a four hour waiting target in A&E and we are measured against lots of different indicators including; the total time patients spend in the Department, the time it takes for their initial assessment and the overall patient’s experience. All of these targets are really important but they add to the time it takes for us to see patients through the department. We need to manage demand and encourage patients to choose the right health care provider first time.” 

 

Latest News

Our latest news.

 

Our Twitter Feed

@RotherhamNHS_FT
We've tweeted 5092 times so far!
@RotherhamNHS_FT
We've tweeted 5092 times so far!
  • HealthwatchRotherham @HWRotherham  Do you have views on Hospital Services in your area? Your views are sought to help shape hospital services in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield at the next public engagement event: Thursday 8th March, 9.30am – 3pm at The Source at Meadowhall #Rotherham #HaveYourSay
    Wed Feb 21 14:22:20
  • Our website is currently unavailable. Call 01709 820000 if you need to contact our departments, or refer to numbers on letters, thank you.
    Wed Feb 21 10:42:32
  • TRFT Charity @TRFT_Charity  We're really looking forward to thanking @RotherhamNHS_FT #volunteers at a special event today. From selling Xmas cards, books, plants to baking goodies & helping organise events - they've all made a difference #charity #Rotherham
    Tue Feb 20 10:02:33
  • NHS Organ Donation💗 @NHSOrganDonor  Around 3 people die every day in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. Join the Organ Donor Register and one day you could save lives. https://t.co/q5oWb7E6oJ #YesIDonate
    Mon Feb 19 14:10:17
  • NHS England @NHSEngland  Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals offering expert clinical advice.
    Fri Feb 16 10:20:01