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Hospital's New Look Unveiled

Friday February 7 2014

A £2.5 million refurbishment at Barnsley Hospital has been unveiled.

The scheme - which took 44 weeks to finish - features two state-of-the-art units designed to enhance the town's emergency care.

The units are where patients are cared for and observed before they are either admitted to hospital or they are well enough to be discharged.

Diane Wake, chief executive of Barnsley Hospital, said: "We face considerable challenges with growing numbers of patients with increasingly complex needs.

"This project shows our commitment to ensuring that patients continue to receive the highest quality and safest emergency care here in Barnsley."

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Reply Posted by gar on Friday February 7 2014 at 10:24
Barnsley hospital wants shutting Down not spending muny on it

Reply Posted by Dan on Friday February 7 2014 at 10:25
Yeah, because that'd be a good idea, it's not like people need hospitals is it?

Reply Posted by Andres on Friday February 7 2014 at 17:58
I'd like to say that barnsley hospital saved my life in April 2012. I was in ICU in an induced coma for 2 weeks after having 90% of my small bowel removed after contracting gangreen due to a blood clot on my bowel. I then spent a further 6month on ward 32 where the staff couldn't have been nicer without barnsley hosptail I wouldn't be here today .....

Reply Posted by maz on Monday February 10 2014 at 09:47
Seems like some of us need more education spelling like that too, we need the hospitals to be brought up to date with more money needed on specialist care, better doctors and qualified nurses as well as modernising.

Reply Posted by Katie on Friday February 7 2014 at 10:28
Nice to see some changes. Always some1 that says it needs shuting! Bet u still use barnsley hospital tho even tho it needs shuting in ur opinion!

Reply Posted by andy on Friday February 7 2014 at 10:40
I work at the hospital and this new area is fantastic for patients but when you say the hospital needs shutting down what are you gunna do when its your turn to be admitted

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday February 7 2014 at 10:50
This is what the money in the NHS should be spent on (and nurses) and not the endless stream of managers or new reports requested by consecutive governments.

Reply Posted by Ali on Friday February 7 2014 at 11:57
I was rushed to a and e and spent a afternoon in this unit before being transferred to hallamshire. Give me barnsley any day staff were fab and so caring well done barnsley general there doing a fab job

Reply Posted by Katie on Friday February 7 2014 at 12:12
There is always 1 illiterate fool that has to make idiotic comments!!

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Friday February 7 2014 at 13:10
Ask Diane Wake where the money comes from to spend on these projects.....are there some more job losses on the cards??? Watch this space, if you dig a bit deeper WAB I bet you can find something out that would confirm this? Nothing ever comes for free and the money has to come from somewhere. Which service will they cut/streamline next?
Diane Wake is not interested in Barnsley Hospital, she is merely using this to make a name for herself so that she can get promoted up to a higher profile hospital - mark my words within 2 years she will have moved on.

Reply Posted by Kpo on Friday February 7 2014 at 13:24
Anyone know if the new labour Ward will be done on time?

Reply Posted by anon on Friday February 7 2014 at 14:13
It depends wen you're due Kpo.

Reply Posted by jojo on Friday February 7 2014 at 14:23
After going to visit a relative in hospital for the pass 2 weeks and seeing the day to day running of a ward I think it's not state of the art units thats needed.. it's simple coordination. The right hand as no idea what the left hand is doing, and all the staff on the ward blame each other, the ward staff have no idea how to work as a effective team..

Reply Posted by Andy on Friday February 7 2014 at 14:39
2.5 million but only 4million to build a collage

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Friday February 7 2014 at 16:52
That's a very expensive COLLAGE.
I bet you could nearly build a library for £4m

Reply Posted by Rita on Friday February 7 2014 at 18:48
I agree jojo. My mum spent 5 weeks in Barnsley Hospital and as well as receiving appalling care while she was in there we found it is quicker to go to Northern General in Sheffield for appointments as they are much more co-ordinated and far more efficient. She waited 6 hours for a scan at Barnsley, the longest we have ever waited at Northern General is 15 mins.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday February 7 2014 at 22:44
You will be going to northern in future then.....bet they glad to see back of people like you always Avin a dig. Might be quicker at northern.....probably cos they have more scanners???

Reply Posted by The Truth on Friday February 7 2014 at 19:38
First ever stay in Hospital last year and the staff and service at BDGH was amazing. On three different wards and cannot praise and thank them enough. Think some people should spend less time on WAB and more time on english lessons !

Reply Posted by Liam on Friday February 7 2014 at 23:11
Most of the equipment from what ive seen X-ray, C.T. M.R.I. B.P. Machines Pulse oximeters are relatively new and do the job....although you do need old equipment as they can detect things that the newer devices cannot. but on the wards the staff are short...there was one time I was nearly screaming in pain and it took over 40 minutes and 3 nurse calls to be told "yeah I wont be a minute".....the time before however I couldn't fault the staff whatsoever, just wish these bosses would realise healthcare and hospitals are a service and shouldn't be run like a business.

Reply Posted by True red on Saturday February 8 2014 at 14:19
It's not unusual for hospital wards to be short staffed with this government trying to privatise the N H S through the back door if you don't believe here is the proof private health care firms with links to the Tory party have been awarded 1.5 billion in government contracts and gifted 1.5million pounds to the Conservative party . No wonder the government are trying to cut staffing levels in our wards it's so there friends can make bigger profits at the expense of you the tax payer. The NHS Is safe in our hands another lie Mr Cam-Morton

Reply Posted by amy on Monday February 10 2014 at 08:51
Obviously most of you don't have a clue what your talking about... Barnsley Hospital saves lives everyday, it is a brilliant place. You cannot judge it by things you have heard or experienced one time. It is such a busy place you a not expect to always be first priority.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Monday February 10 2014 at 09:27
@amy I think you find people have a freedom of speech, and in my case when they fractured my new born baby's skull twice,
admitted it was misuse of forceps and told me my 4 hour old son had 24 hours to live,
then lied through there arses to protect there so called good name when the solicitors got there hands on the case.
So yes we have our own opinion of Barnsley butcher hospital!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Rita on Monday February 10 2014 at 10:55
@anon, Yes, I always go to Northern General now and with good cause. This was not a 'one off' I took Barnsley General to court in 2001 for negligence following the death of my husband (and won!) I thought that by 2010 when my mum attended with lung cancer, things may have improved following our case (and many others) but apparently not. Of course there are some good departments and staff at Barnsely, but unfortunately in my experience and in my opinion they are few and far between.

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday February 11 2014 at 18:15
I have been in and out of Barnsley hospital and attended a few different clinics over the last few years and have always been treated as expected and the staff from volunteers right upto consultants have always been brill and i am glad that money has been spent on updating some of the wards, i find Barnsley much easier and a lot more accomodating than hallamshire. while i agree it needs money spent on it im sure you will agree so does every other hospital in this country. while some people have had negative experiences and won negligence cases im sure if you ask enough questions Barnsley would not be the only hospital to have lost cases. Barnsley hospital offer a much needed service and if it did close down then ye would be the first to start complaining that there was no hospital facilities. come on people grow up

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Tuesday February 11 2014 at 19:36
I think she has more call for adult education classes not a hospital. Muny? Silly sod not as though we can do without hospitals.

Reply Posted by Caz on Tuesday February 11 2014 at 19:58
It's a bit like going for a meal some liked it some didn't, some had good experiences and some didn't. Also think you'll find people from Sheffield talk about Sheffield Hospitals in the same way!

Reply Posted by Prim& proper on Tuesday February 11 2014 at 20:18
My wife as worked there 20 years for the last 10 she as not had a pay rise like the rest. She is ones money now that what she was on in 2008. But still she goes does not leave till all her patients are seen all in her time, not over time. But still think the hospital would close without her.and then you get people going on about the staff. As for equipment the MRI scanner that was fitted a few years ago was old technology when fitted was the hospital could not afford the latest model. So the scanner was 5 years old in technology before it came. A latest one with up to date tech could far more that the one that was fitted.

Reply Posted by Trish on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 08:12
There is good and bad all over the country. .if it wasnt for Barnsley hospital my son wouldnt be here...what I would say tho is why cant some of the money be spent on more staff...those nurses work there arses off most days to save lives. ..they need more staff on the wards...I would like to say thank you to Barnsley hospital...and for those who criticise. .well if you can do any better then get some training and u go do there iob coz its not easy

Reply Posted by Annoyed at stupidity! on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 08:35
There are over 3 million patients go through the hospital door each year - but because the above 30 of you think it needs "shutting down" - you all forget about the others it has helped, saved! Seriously you know nothing! So 30 to 3 million isn't even 1%! Be grateful you have an hospital near by! Nurses and consultants work their hardest & don't get enought support or praise!

Reply Posted by annoyed at annoyed stupidity on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 17:04
30 more like 3000

Reply Posted by Marie on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 08:49
I've had both bad and good experiences at this hospital but I'm sure every hospital is the same. You can expect everything to go right 100% of the time and when it doesn't I'm sure they didn't intentionally do it! Nobive trained as a nurse I've seen it from the other side, always on the go, more paperwork to do before our shift is done, attending to patients rather than eating for the day because we are under staffed. Yes we do need more staff but what we also need is developments in the hospital like this one and for our community to back us up. If you have a complaint take it up within the hospital so they at least have a chance of correcting it

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 09:14
I've been a patient at Sheffield northern gen now for 6months. Everyone has been fantastic,consultants, admin staff excellent. Pre op nurses and post op nurses were ropey, but the ward nurses were really ropey. I had no nursing,not even shown were the buzzer was. No one on my ward was offered any assistance and conversation between patients and nurses was nil. I didn't expect much because the nurses are busy, but a quick introduction and a hello would have been nice. My stay was eye opening. All hospitals have good and bad.

Reply Posted by Observer on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 10:14
I have read most of the above. Some idioticic too. I have to agree with rita. I have been in hospital a feew times. It is a fantastic hospital the staff are superbly friendly and efficient. Though i would question what it needs spending money on for perhaps the double glazing could be improved.

Reply Posted by Rita on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 16:24
I think 'annoyed at stupidity' needs to calm down! Not all the comments above are asking for BDGH to be shut down, my comment certainly didn't. I was merely expressing an opinion, I have had two very bad experiences there and so I have chosen to go to Sheffield in future. If I went to a shop and got short changed, I would probably go to another shop, If I went to a restaurant and had a bad meal I would ask for my money back. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made, or staff are neglegent in a hospital it can have catastrophic consequences. Also, how would any organisation know that they are providing a poor service if no one complained? That is how problems are identified and improvements made.

Reply Posted by bekkie on Wednesday February 12 2014 at 19:02
If it weren't for the decent staff at barnsley my daughter would have had complications, and twice I had amazing staff in ICU after 2 life threatening induced comas for pneumonia, even If the staff in A and E the second time said I was making it up and sent me home so poorly, I think some staff need to remember bed side manners and crack a smile, but I don't think that will be paid for as it's a natural instinct.... Only bad thing to say. Foods better than other hospitals locally also.xxx

Reply Posted by clare Taylor on Saturday June 7 2014 at 17:58
It's a really bad hospital.not being run properly.it doesn't matter how much money it gets it would still waste a lot of it
A lot of the staff are ignorant and incompetent.it's unorganised and innoficiant.no one there seems to have a clue what's going on like there is a communication problem.staff.need retraining.it's also very dirty I went to a and e once and the bad I was put in had 3 large streaks of blood all over it.I know it's busy there sometimes but that's no excuse

Reply Posted by jim on Saturday June 7 2014 at 19:24
Must say,my daughter went in for a week with intense stomach pains. She was rolling around in agony! She got sent home in the same condition. Evidently they needed her bed! After an arguement with the doctors we still dont know whos more important than her.? She had to wait 6 Weeks for a scan! As it turned out she,s OK,no thanks to the hospital. Honestly,they're going to kill someone with the......ermmm non treatment.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Sunday June 8 2014 at 13:05
Very emotive subject.
I've had good and bad experiences. They were shocking with my elderly mother and an elderly aunt and 2 elderly uncles.
Audiology very good. Endoscopy unit very good also.
There are good and bad in all walks of life and some staff at the hospital are excellent and some very poor. Need for improvement, and weed out the staff who aren't up to the job.