NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are creating an Urgent & Emergency Care Centre at Rotherham Hospital. The plans have emerged following an extensive public consultation exercise.
The Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, opening on 6 July 2017, will provide a single urgent and emergency care service for the people of Rotherham, giving you the right care, first time when you need to access NHS care urgently.
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Take a walk through how Rotherham's new Urgent & Emergency Care Centre will look when it opens in 2017.
Kerry Barnard, Matron in the Emergency Department
“I started working in the Emergency Department in 2002 when I was a newly qualified staff nurse. I’ve been able to progress a lot since then, as a person and in my career, and I’m now a Team Leader in the department.
I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work in a brand new purpose built building. It will allow us to continue delivering high quality patient care to the people of Rotherham.”
Gill Garnett, Emergency Department Assistant
“It’s an amazing team in the Emergency Department – they’re great to work with, it’s like we are one big family. I think the new centre is going to be much better. We’ll be able to give the right care at the right time to our patients. Staff are going to be happier too working in a purpose built building with a lot more space.
I’d recommend anyone who is even slightly interested to come along to the open day. You can speak to existing staff to see what it’s like and find out more about what the new centre means for staff and patients.”
Dr Duncan Wilson, GP
"As a GP in Rotherham for 23 years, I have worked through a number of attempted reorganisations of health care systems in the area, few of which have had a lasting impact on the way health care is managed and delivered. The Urgent & Emergency Care Centre – it will combine best practice from the variety of emergency care services into a single team, and build a robust and flexible service providing high quality, efficient care at the point of greatest demand.
A further benefit is that it has the potential to be a catalyst for the integration of health care delivery in Rotherham, both horizontally by linking specialist areas such as emergency medicine, mental health, acute care of the elderly and the young, and social care agencies, but also vertically by blurring the boundaries between hospital, primary and community care. Truly joined-up working is long overdue in the NHS and because all the services are involved in planning and delivering this new and exciting service, there is a great opportunity to deliver seamless integrated care. I am very proud that Rotherham is at the forefront of development of this inspiring and genuinely innovative service model."
Gareth Darnell, Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner
“It’s a great place to work and an ideal time to join the organisation. Not only will those working here benefit but patients are going to be able to receive the right care, quickly and have an improved experience. As well as the new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, there is lots of great work happening across Rotherham to transform the way we deliver care to our patients and I’m very proud to be involved in this.”
Rebecca Roscamp, Receptionist
“I love the diversity of my role and the department. Every day is different and I get to meet so many people from different backgrounds. I’m really looking forward to moving into the new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. It’ll be a much bigger and better environment for us to work in and for patients to be treated in.”
Dr Kay Stenton, Clinical Lead - Emergency Department, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
"I am extremely proud and excited to be involved in delivering this state-of-the-art Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. Across Rotherham the way people are cared for is changing and the new centre is just one part of the wider plan.
Our overall aim is to ensure people are able to choose the right place for their care needs. For those with minor injuries or ailments seeing a GP or local pharmacist will often be the best option. For those with an urgent or emergency care need, the centre has been designed to ensure that people are seen quickly by the most appropriate clinician for their need whether this is a nurse, doctor or a general practitioner. This new way of working will benefit everyone and will help us continue to provide the high quality care we are proud of."