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Work Starts To Extend Hospital's A&E Department

Monday November 5 2012


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


BARNSLEY Hospital's accident and emergency department is being extended to increase capacity.

Building work has now started which will see a ten bed observation unit added to the back of the current department - and on increasing the number of resuscitation beds from three to five.

The building work will be taking place at the front of the hospital, on Gawber Road.

The sheltered, seated area at the front of the hospital and some disabled car parking spaces outside physiotherapy will also be affected as extra storage and building equipment will need to be set up on site.

Hospital spokesman Heather Mcnair said: “The addition of the observation ward to our emergency services will be of great benefit to many Barnsley patients. It will allow our staff in the emergency department to treat and observe patients in need of extended urgent care that don’t necessarily need to be admitted to a general ward in the hospital.”

The development is expected to be complete by June 2013.

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Reply Posted by Josie on Monday November 5 2012 at 14:36
Typical!!!
Taking up valuable disabled parking spaces yet again!.
Why can't they park their storage units in the main carpark? Or around back!. There's never a disabled parking space when i need one!. There's not enough in the first place. They should have catered for more disabled spaces than have grass growing at the front. We always have to go 1 hour before my appointment and then still late cause there's no where to park!.
THINK before you block our access for us to use!. The storage units are not disabled, do not have a blue badge and therefore do not deserve to be in the disabled bay!!!. Furious isn't the word!

Reply Posted by alex on Monday November 5 2012 at 17:10
you dont always have to use a disabled space out front of a&e there are spaces in the back car park and staff car park area that can be used... why does every one always complain about the car parks... barnsley need a bigger a&e department but the only way its going to happen is to put a short term limit on spaces... why should it go around the back there are not enough spaces for all the staff as it is so why take away more of them spaces... also if there are more staff spaces lost there will be longer waiting times for patients becasue staff will be trying to find somewhere to park!!! rant over

Reply Posted by Gary on Monday November 5 2012 at 19:27
Interesting development. I used to work on A&E and it used to have an observation ward which was subsequently closed. The benefits of hindsight eh?

Reply Posted by cdm on Monday November 5 2012 at 21:35
It's true about the disabled spaces...there are never enough, and then they take some more away, or park the scanner unit on them...Barnsley hospital now has great parking compared to what it was, and the car park across the road is great too, but when you have disabled people who can't park close it's not on...maybe if they put some disabled spaces at the top end of the gawber road car park temporarily while they take up the space in front of the hospital? I'm not holding my breath, though...

Reply Posted by Jeff on Monday November 5 2012 at 21:46
Yes what an amazing idea.Close it down because,it's not needed,send all the head injuries to ward 32.leave the a/ e ward closed,then revamp it again,then reopen the New A/E ward announcing its as a revelation.These feckers at barnsley hospital.They open wards,close em down,revamp then open them back up again.Guess what it's our money their toying with.They have no idea about finance.ITS NHS MONEY THEY DON'T GIVE A STUFF.idiots.

Reply Posted by doobydoo on Tuesday November 6 2012 at 06:24
Ffs some people are never satisfied, they are doing the work to imorove the service, im sure if you needed it you wiykd be using it and not complaining. I also work for the nhs and you would be very surprised how many patients,waste nhs money too, ie ordering medication when its not always needed then passing it on to others for free. Barnsley hosp has one of the best a and e depts in this country, and in this area other than sheffield northern its one if the best for people with heart attacjs, ffs people get a grip n be grateful its improving instead of winging where to park !!!!

Reply Posted by may on Tuesday November 6 2012 at 12:30
some people really need a reallity check, we have a very good a&e dept on our doorstep. you'd be moaning if you had to travel to seffield for emergency treatment. my dad would have died if he had to travel to sheffield. it was only because we were so close to barnsley that saved is life. and you'd still have parking problems in sheffield its not just barnsley.get a grip and be thankfull we have an A&E so close

Reply Posted by Zoe on Wednesday November 7 2012 at 15:41
Your complaining about parking, what about the people in A n E that end up in the corridor, because there isnt enough obs rooms. I was at A n E 2 yrs ago and ended up on a trolly in the corridor I was on a drip and throwing up. It is NOT very dignified. Ask yourself this those who are complaining over parking, which would you prefer sat in A n E watching someone throw up or being late appointment. With this extension it means people wont have to be on the corridor. I can understand the parking situation, but just because you have a blue badge doesnt give you the right to automatically park your car in disable bays, there is normal parking spaces you can use.

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday November 14 2012 at 16:50
Josie.

"Taking up valuable disabled parking spaces yet again!.
Why can't they park their storage units in the main carpark? Or around back!"

A&E is at the front of the hospital, the storage units and space the builders need has to be near where they are working. You understand that, right?

"There's never a disabled parking space when i need one!. There's not enough in the first place."

I Agree.

" They should have catered for more disabled spaces than have grass growing at the front"

I believe planning permission was rejected to build another/ extend the car park.

"THINK before you block our access for us to use!"

Equally unfair if you move the storage units to normal parking spaces. Just because you use a disabled badge, you DONT have to use a disabled space.






Reply Posted by David Cameron on Wednesday November 14 2012 at 17:38
Why don't they just build a 10 level car park ?