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Would You Recommend Barnsley Hospital?

Thursday April 4 2013


Would you recommend the hospital? Would you recommend the hospital?


WOULD you recommend Barnsley Hospital? Its patients are being asked whether or not they would recommend it to their friends and family as part of a new initiative.

The hospital is taking part in the NHS-wide Friends and Family Test.

Patients will be given six choices of answer, ranging from ‘extremely likely’ to ‘extremely unlikely’, and will be given the chance to explain the reasons for their choice.

The hospital is asking the question alongside other short questions that form part of its means of gaining feedback from patients to help to continually improve services.

Jill Pell, head of patient experience, said: “Patient feedback is extremely important to us as it helps us to make sure that we provide the best patient experience we possibly can.“

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Reply Posted by Jeff Greasley on Thursday April 4 2013 at 11:22
Yes i would.Some great services up there.You get sick of negative comments all the time.Just been for my hearing aids.Great Service,lovely people carnt fault that service at all.Thank you audiology dept.

Reply Posted by David wilson on Thursday April 4 2013 at 11:32
Why not
You only hear bad things
Never the good
All hospitals are prob the same
It would be the first place you would go if you are ill

Reply Posted by clare on Thursday April 4 2013 at 11:39
i have had 3 beautiful healthy children, one child has had a operation for broken bone plus my husband has had both emergency surgery, elective surgery and also a operation for broken bone. We have experienced nothing but excellent care so i would highly recommend BDGH and i totally agree that all hospitals will have issue. should me or my family need hospital treatment i wouldn't hesitate to go straight to barnsley hospital

Reply Posted by George Arthur on Thursday April 4 2013 at 11:46
Barnsley hospital has served me very well over the years. Staff very efficient and caring. My worry is that the plans for wrecking the NHS as a public service will put all that at risk. I do not want to see more services privatised. I do want a guarantee that Barnsley hospital will continue to exist and not be merged with Rotherham, Sheffield or any where else.

Reply Posted by Zoe on Thursday April 4 2013 at 12:29
No way !! I had a horrific birth on the ward instead of the labour suit cause they were too busy to take me down.

Reply Posted by Marie on Thursday April 4 2013 at 12:47
I was discharged from Women's Services at BDGH on Saturday after surgery on Thursday and can honestly say that from the initial consultation and pre-op assessment to care after my surgery, I can't complain. I've had two operations in just over four years and received excellent treatment on both occasions.

Reply Posted by Stuart on Thursday April 4 2013 at 12:57
The hospital yes but the maternity department no way. We had such a bad experience with the birth last time due to an uncaring and inappropriate midwife who spoilt the whole experience for us. We are going out of town for the next one

Reply Posted by Brenda ellison on Thursday April 4 2013 at 14:02
I certainly would NOT recommend it. In the past 2 years we have had (and presently still are) experiencing extreme difficulties with my Dad, especially over the Easter period when it seems all treatment stops because of inadequate staff resources. It's appalling!

Reply Posted by gratefull on Thursday April 4 2013 at 14:27
my mum died in bdgh she was on intensive care and the consultant sat us down as a family and explained there was nothing more they could do,but would not stop teatment if that was what we wanted,we agreed that they had done everything they could and was moved on to a ward,the staff there were amazing they checked on mum every hr provided us with constant tea coffee and sandwiches 24hrs a day for 4 days,they provided us with a room where we could take it in turns to catch up on sleep.the consultant came in every day and sat with us giving us as much of his time as we needed,and when she eventually passed away the staff gave us as much time as we needed we were not rushed at all.the staff and drs were amazing and can i just add that my mum was nearly 80 but they did everything phisically possible to save her.my dad has been in bdgh since then and recieved exactly the same standard of care as mum did,and i would just like to say to all the staff who cared for my parents thankyou for the amazing job you did

Reply Posted by Nigel on Thursday April 4 2013 at 16:44
Horrible place to work. BDGH bosses defend bullies in the work place!

Time to name and shame?

Reply Posted by lyndon on Thursday April 4 2013 at 20:14
Yes from personal experience only good things. From minor ops to births been first class doctors and nurses been a credit to themselves. Nurses especially hard working angels. Course heard horror stories thats the nature of their job sometimes literaly life and death guess i've been lucky cannot fault them

Reply Posted by Amy on Friday April 5 2013 at 08:13
I have been lucky enough to only need to visit the maternity dept upto now but on the two occasions I did I have been very happy with my treatment.
Yes on both occasions there were small niggles but I know the nurses have a very hard and demanding job (my sister in law is a nurse at another hospital) and have to deal with life and death everyday.
I don't think I could the job that they do!

Reply Posted by Real world on Friday April 5 2013 at 14:49
Absolutely not.
Audiology would definitely recommend, very professional, very friendly, efficient staff.
Maternity.......I'm with Stuart on this one, as we also had the midwife from hell! Brusque, rude and very bad attitude.
Care of the elderly......shocking, I hope when the bad nurses , and they know who they are, are old, they get treat the same.
Womens services....some very scary nurses in there!

Sort out the bad ones please because they give everyone a bad name, and I'm sure that isn't fair, but can only speak as I've found them.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 16:47
I would most definitely recommend BDGH to anyone.
I was in for a few days in 2005 after an accident at work left me with a severely crushed thumb.
I was operated on within a matter of hours and everyone from the surgeons to the auxiliary staff were fantastic.
The cleaners are some of the hardest working people I have ever met and the cleaner on my ward (I forget her name) never stopped whilst ever I was in there.
The nurses , auxiliaries and cleaners are massively overworked and underpaid in my honest opinion.

Reply Posted by jay on Monday April 8 2013 at 20:14
I would not recommend been fighting with the hospital for years have and still have problems and ill all the time need a operation which the hospital have agreed but because its a costly op told I could not have it but yet your over weight a want a band you would get one it stinks

Reply Posted by ruth on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 08:23
I definately wouldn't recommend. The maternity dep is appalling. I was seen a week before my due date there at antenatal and sent home with classic signs of pre eclampsia! Within five days I'd developed full blown eclampsia with fits and the ambulance staff didn't rush at all to get me there. I was in the process of being induced and I fitted again........this last time, I stopped breathing, had to be resusitated and rushed to theatre! I didn't meet my son for nearly three full days as I was in intensive care and conveniently they'd lost my blood results from the ante natal clinic. It was a horrendous experience! The gynaecologists were good at reminding me I nearly died when I wanted to go home (I was allowed home after 9 days!) But they failed to recognize that had they have induced me earlier it would never have been so bad! They also failed to treat my sons shattered pelvis properly by inserting a bar through his knee and placing him on traction! When my son was transferred to sheff intensive care unit the following day, they were amazed at how bnsly docs had failed to see on his xrays that the traction would do buggar all due to the nature of the breaks! I'm also currently under them for a broken foot! The fracture clinic would benefit greatly from more personable staff. The feeling that you're wasting their time and its a production line is way too obvious!

Reply Posted by a johnson on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 10:46
a great big yes . 4 strokes 2 heart and am stil walking about . thank you barnsley hospital and all your staff

Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 20:10
A big fat YES !! Fantastic staff that do the best they can under some terrible working conditions !!!!

Reply Posted by h hart on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 20:12
i woudn't reccomend them to anyone , after breaking my hip bone and x ray's to see why it had broken at a young age ,they told me it was my Breast cancer which was 2 years clear had gone into my bones !! second opinon from HRI , no cancer !!! diagnosis Osteopenia ,weakness in the bones ! not a lot of difference is there !!!

Reply Posted by mary jolly on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 20:21
I maybe shouldn't par-take seeing as I sued and recieved a large compensation,but this was down to surgeons. The staff (nurses) couldn't be better and the hospital seems clean the wards too. Like any hospital if you need help you turn to them so the question isnt really relevent.

Reply Posted by jobie on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 20:25
Yes!!! Ive just been on ward 14 for major surgery, they were amazing!!!! Ive also spent a lot of time on ward 28, they are great too.at theend of they day they only have wot they are given to work with. They cant materialsstuff from a hat thier working vonditons are mostly horrendous, they need support as, much as we need treatments. Keep up the good work xxxx

Reply Posted by lara on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 20:25
i would say a big fat NO they are horrible when i was pregnant with my 3 year old i was told i had to go to the thursday clinic every week as i have diabeties i would have appointment at ten past 1 every week and i could garantee i was there sometimes till 6pm and it was same every week and when i walked out one of the times at ten to 3 after still seeing no doctors or anything they came in room and i said i would have to leave as i had to collect my son from school. i said i knew more about my condition than they did and how to work it however the baby was going no where but my son was waiting for me at school the doctor put in my notes that i needed a syche evalution and protective care from social services for neglect i was fuming that is going to be in my medical file for rest of my life now.
then when i was 7 months gone i went in with a suspected blood clot on my lungs i was put in an over spill war the care was disgustin i had hypos and they didnt no how to treat them at all and just left me to it i had to go down and get my diabetic nurse to come and tell them as they had nothing on the ward to help bring them back up took my 5 days befor i got a xray and scan on my chest to see if i was okay.
then i had the same thing with my 1 year old when i was pregnant so i refused to go every week adn went every 4 weeks if i fall pregnant again i wont go at all i no more than they do as i have had it over 10 years now its disgusting up there how long you have to wait and when you have little ones and school pick up just cant be done.
after i had my 1 year old i had not slept i had the midwife and doctor arguing in my room at 4 in morning about her suger levels dropping low and midwife wanted blood test doing but doctor said they where fine which they where fine and i was exhausted they where telling me if she didnt get a bottle feed she would end up in intensive care unit and blaming me for wanting to breastfeed i was fuming at that i was glad to get hom. i did want a home birth but was told that if i did that they wouldnt give me a midwife because i have diabeties i have had all 3 of my children natuarly no intevension and bevause they where big babies they where trying to blame my diabeties however once my 3 year old was born they saw for them selves she was just a big baby. they called social servies on me because i refused to go every week to appointments i had meetings and when your pregnant you dont need the stress i hate this hospital with a passion i hate going.
i had bands for hemroids put on and i was told i would get some cramps nothing over the counter meds wouldnt do i was taking co-codomel the strongest you can have and i was in agony i ended up there at 12am and they treat me like crap i was left in a room with a chair laid on the floor crying i was in that much pain. the doctor walked in cocky and said what you doing on floor i could barley talk with how much pain i was in. then he treat me like crap as well hated the fact he had to examin me said he couldnt feel owt and that i was lieing about having it done just to get pain meds i was fuming. next day all i did was call my doctor up tell them over phone what had happened they gave me prescption for tramadol streight away didnt have to see him once.
this hospital needs a total re do better medical staff. nicer manners, not treating everyone like there the same and giving them the respect they deserve at a time they need it.

Reply Posted by Nic on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 21:27
I would highly recommend the scuba they was brilliant shame the same cant be said on the maturnity ward they was just awful I was in alot of pain after my c section and I was told off for been in pain and the midwife said only large women get in this much pain , to top all that my premature baby was up stair in scuba which I never got to see untill she was a day old , I asked over and over for a wheel chair so my husband could take me up to see my daughter it took a day for them to do so

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday April 12 2013 at 17:02
I certainly would recommend BDGH. I've had care in A&E, opthalmology, surgical and maternity departments and I've always found the staff to be polite, caring and professional. I have no response to the comments above other than to wonder whether we're talking about the same hospital?!

Reply Posted by Laura on Tuesday September 3 2013 at 16:05
Ward 28 is an embarrassment to Barnsley hospital or should I say extra embarrassment!! What a joke!! My Nannan was admitted onto the ward and for 3week all they gave her was paracetomol for fluid on the liver which in the end turned out to be cancer and she passed away. Bearing in mind she was in hospital 6week and in the 5th week was when we found out she had the C word! Absolutely disgusting what sort of hospital can't do all the tests neccasary to find out what is wrong with her instead just give her paracetamol! I will never ever go back to Barnsley hospital for anything regarding me or my family. My beautiful Nannan had the worse time on ward 28 nobody helping her when she needed toliet and she wasn't stable enough to do it on her own so she had to mess herself because she couldnt get out of bed fast enough. I can't express my hatred for the place. DON'T GO ON WARD 28 or if there is someone on that ward you know don't take the 1st answer those stupid doctors say!!!!!

Reply Posted by John on Wednesday July 16 2014 at 21:02
Ward 28 left my mam by herself in the bath for 2 hours (she is a pensioner and only has one leg), they found her with the water drained away, as she managed to pull the plug out herself. I am so worried leaving her there, and the staff nurse I taked to was unhelpful with a air of 'arrogrence' about her, we said she is really confused compared to normal and the staff nurse said she wasnt, I mean we have known her a lot longer than her!, just because she qualified doesnt mean I have to give her a long list of symptoms to somehow prove to her she is that way (Its time they learned to listen to the relatives)...it might save a lot of medical diagnosis. On top of that, first visit we found her antibiotics under her chair because they nurse just let my mam fall to sleep with them in her hand, and we found out today my mams phones gone missing. I understand that nurses are really busy and goverment has made cutbacks, but come... on that doesnt excuse rudeness.
There are some really nice nurses on the ward, dont get me wrong, but I dont trust their departments standard of care any more, mam was in Northern General Hospital in Sheffield some time ago, and the experience was in a different league..friendly profesional/caring people. You get impression as long as they are breathing they dont give an hoot!, or even better asleep so they dont have to cater to them (was speaking to another relative who complained that they hadnt gave her mother water, because they said she was asleep, her mother ended up on drips as she was dehydrated).
John.

Reply Posted by to john on Wednesday July 16 2014 at 21:28
Your first sentence was enough to enrage most right minded people. The rest of your post makes this a disgusting episode in your poor mams life. If this happened to my mother,I would take this to the highest authority and not stop until the person that put your mam in the bath was sacked!
You seem like a fair minded person and I'm touched that you have the dignity to give some credit to some of the nurses. My dad had a shocking time at Pontefract and I chased the management until things were changed on the wards. I went in after my dad died and checked up on them that the things they promised to change had been. They had. Use everything in your power in your calm and polite manner to get things changed. I can't imagine what your poor mam went through sat in that bath,and now she can't even ring you for help. She needs a new fone for a start. Be strong john and don't back down.

Reply Posted by Georgina Cooke on Sunday July 20 2014 at 15:35
Excellent care and very professional staff on Ward28 at Barnsley hospital. I found all the staff very approachable and caring to my relative and our family. I've had many visits to this hospital and feel quite confident in all the departments I've had dealings with. Keep up the good work.

Reply Posted by debby on Sunday July 20 2014 at 15:53
Can't fault the place. Feel sorry for overworked nurses tho

Reply Posted by Latricia Bourdages on Saturday August 2 2014 at 09:27
I was trying to find this when i very first obtained here right now, anyway Im wonderful to be at this point

Reply Posted by Hugh Smith on Thursday December 29 2016 at 17:06
Whilst the majority of staff are outstandingly good the odd few who are not let the whole team down , such a sad shame.