Type keywords in the text box above.

Help us to keep waiting times low

29 Jan 2013 13:29:10



The Rotherham NHS Foundation actively takes measures to ensure that patients attend their appointments at the hospital. 

Rotherham Hospital has between 2% and 3% of appointments which are subject to patients not attending – these are called ‘Do Not Attends’ (DNAs).  The category of the patients who are most likely to be DNAs are those in the middle age range (aged 45-65). We would ask that people do their utmost to ensure that they contact the hospital if they know that they will not be attending their appointment for an elective surgical procedure. 

As to the reasons why do patients miss or cancel their appointments, this can be due to fear and anxiety about a procedure, coughs/colds or other minor illnesses and generally forgetting to attend. 

In order to ensure that valuable appointments are attended by patients, the Pre-Admissions Centre telephones patients prior to their scheduled appointment to ask them if they have a cough or cold as this could cause the cancellation of a procedure. 

Debbie Timms, Day Surgery & Pre-operative Services Manager at the Trust says: “We do all we can to ensure that patients attend their scheduled appointments.  We ask that our patients help us to keep waiting times low by informing us if they know that they cannot make an appointment.  If we are not told, then other patients are kept waiting for their appointment.” 

*The centre assesses patients for every procedure except ophthalmology. 


Latest News

Our latest news.


Our Twitter Feed

We've tweeted 4988 times so far!
We've tweeted 4988 times so far!
  • South Yorkshire Fire @SYFR  Out on the lash tonight? Grab a takeaway on the way home and don't attempt to cook #MadFriday youtu.be/VWFH1Y0WocI
    Fri Dec 15 15:51:53
  • SouthYorkshirePolice @syptweet  ADVICE: In the run up to Christmas, as many of you head out to enjoy the festivities, we're sharing some advice published earlier in the year about the risks of using fake ID (or using someone else's ID) to try and gain access to licensed premises https://t.co/vJVUyJdjI5
    Fri Dec 15 15:37:17
  • Yorkshire Ambulance @YorksAmbulance  Heading out tonight with friends or colleagues? Spare a thought for our friends and colleagues on duty through the night and take care of yourself and others. #DrinkResponsibly #MadFriday https://t.co/6VNTWpurk8
    Fri Dec 15 15:33:40
  • WalkRotherham @walkrotherham  A fantastic Christmas Walk with @RotherhamNHS_FT and #walkrotherham. Lots of excited staff wanting to be active at work, even in this cold weather. Well done to everyone who attended and completed the 4000 steps, we look forward to helping you on your #workplacechallenge journey
    Fri Dec 15 14:33:38
  • Thank you to everyone who joined our festive walk this lunch time! We enjoyed some 'Christmas crackers!' and a warm berry drink! #HealthyAsAnElf! #FunFestiveFitness!
    Fri Dec 15 14:25:14