At the beginning of the pandemic, the Royal Hallamshire
Hospital was the primary hospital in our region providing treatment for those
people who had Covid-19 but as the number of patients rose, all our hospitals
began to provide this care. Now, as numbers have reduced, we no longer need as
many hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients and we’re now aiming for
people to be treated at the specialist centre only again.
from Monday 17 August, if you live in Rotherham and need hospital care for
Covid-19 you will be treated at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield as
the region’s Centre for Infectious Diseases. We will continually review this
based on the local infection rates and numbers of people being admitted to
hospital. Please continue to help us reduce the spread of coronavirus by
following national guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/,
as well as adhering to the restrictions and measures we have in place at Rotherham Hospital and around the borough.
Why am I / a member of my family being
sent to Sheffield Teaching Hospital for treatment for Covid-19?
As the number of people who are
seriously ill with Covid-19 is falling across the region, we are aiming to
transfer patients with Covid-19 to Sheffield Teaching Hospital for treatment.
This will allow patients to be
cared for in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw’s only Infectious Diseases Unit,
which is one of the best specialist sites in the country.
It will also mean that, wherever
possible, we move Covid-19 patients away from the local hospitals. This will
mean that the local hospitals can focus on providing more treatments such as
cancer care and surgery.
2. Why am I / a member of my family being
sent to Sheffield Teaching Hospital, when I know other people who haven’t been?
Covid-19 patients are being sent Sheffield Teaching
hospital while they are infectious, and if they are medically fit to travel. If
your doctor thinks it would not be safe for you to travel in an ambulance, you
will stay in your local hospital.
Also, some patients may
be in hospital for a different reason, and then find they have Covid-19 as
well. These patients will stay in their local hospital until they have
recovered from the original condition. At that point, they might be transferred
to Sheffield Teaching Hospital to be treated for Covid-19.
3. How will I get to Sheffield Teaching
If you/a family member needs to
be transferred from one of the District General Hospitals (Barnsley, Doncaster and
Bassetlaw and Rotherham hospitals) then they will be transferred by ambulance.
The doctors at your local hospital will make sure that you are well enough to
be transferred by ambulance.
If you are being taken to
Sheffield Teaching Hospital from home or after seeing your GP then you will be
taken by ambulance as well.
4. How long will I be there for?
This depends on each patient’s
circumstances and will vary between patients.
5. Will my family be allowed to visit?
In most cases visiting will be
not permitted due to risk of infection. In exceptional circumstances
visiting may be allowed and this will be agreed with the nurse in charge
6. How will my family know what is happening
to me? Who should they contact to get updates on how I am doing?
You will be given contact details
for the ward you are admitted onto and the ward team will be happy to provide
updates to a nominated family member. There is also free wifi at the hospital
for patients to use and we have Ipads so that family members can Facetime or
7. How will I get back home?
This depends on how well you are. Your family may be
able to pick you up, or if that is not possible you may be taken home by
Patient Transport Services. Some patients will be taken back to their local
hospital in an ambulance, for more care before they can go home.
8. Who can I / my family talk to if we have
You can talk to the ward team.
9. Will I have to go to Sheffield Teaching
Hospital for any follow-ups?
No you will go to your local
hospital or to your GP for any follow-ups.