Options to change children’s surgery and anaesthesia services


Let us know what you think!

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Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to change the way we provide children's surgery and anaesthesia services?

At the moment, some people have better experiences, better and faster treatment and better access to services than others - and because we want to make sure everyone has access to the same high quality care, we have developed the following options with feedback from our doctors, nurses and members of the public who took part in our preconsultation. Which of our proposed options do you prefer?

Option 1

If a child needs an operation under general anaesthetic (where they are sent to sleep):

  • At night, or
  • At a weekend, or,
  • They need to stay in hospital overnight

For the kinds of surgery listed below, they would go to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield or Sheffield Children's Hospital

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • General surgery (for conditions usually of the abdomen/tummy - eg, appendicitis)
  • Ophthalmology (for any condition of the eyes)
  • Oral surgery (for any condition of the mouth or teeth)
  • Orthopaedics (for any condition of the bones, muscles, nerves etc)
  • Urology (for any condition of the groin, genitals or bladder)

Based on current numbers, this would affect 1 in every 10 children needing an operation in Barnsley and 1 in 8 children needing an operation in Rotherham.

Option 2

If a child needs an operation under general anaesthetic (where they are sent to sleep):

  • At night, or
  • At a weekend, or,
  • They need to stay in hospital overnight

For the surgery listed below, they would go to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield or Sheffield Children's Hospital.

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • General surgery (for conditions usually of the abdomen/tummy - eg, appendicitis)
  • Ophthalmology (for any condition of the eyes)
  • Oral surgery (for any condition of the mouth or teeth)
  • Orthopaedics (for any condition of the bones, muscles, nerves etc)
  • Urology (for any condition of the groin, genitals or bladder)

Children's operations for these services would no longer be provided in

  • Barnsley
  • Chesterfield
  • Rotherham

Based on current numbers, this would affect 1 in every 10 children needing an operation in Barnsley, 1 in 16 children needing an operation in Chesterfield and 1 in 8 children needing an operation in Rotherham.

Option 3

If a child needs an operation under general anaesthetic (where they are sent to sleep):

  • At night, or
  • At a weekend, or,
  • They need to stay in hospital overnight

For the kinds of surgery listed below, they would go to Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield or Sheffield Children's Hospital.

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • General surgery (for conditions usually of the abdomen/tummy - eg, appendicitis)
  • Ophthalmology (for any condition of the eyes)
  • Oral surgery (for any condition of the mouth or teeth)
  • Orthopaedics (for any condition of the bones, muscles, nerves etc)
  • Urology (for any condition of the groin, genitals or bladder)

Children's operations for these services would no longer be provided in:

  • Barnsley
  • Chesterfield
  • Doncaster
  • Rotherham hospitals.

Based on current numbers, this would affect 1 in every 10 children needing an operation in Barnsley, 1 in 16 children needing an operation in Chesterfield, 1 in 7 children needing an operation in Doncaster and 1 in 8 children needing an operation in Rotherham.

Do you think there is another option we could consider?

What happens next?

Between 3 October 2016 and 20 January 2017, we are asking people living in South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire to let us know what they think about our proposals to change children's surgery and anaesthesia services.

The results of this consultation will be presented to the Commissioners Working Together (joint CCG) board who will make a decision on how children's surgery and anaesthesia services will be provided in our region.

When making a final decision, we will consider:

  • All patient and public feedback
  • The impact on access to services, including travel times
  • The impact on quality and safety of the service

We expect a decision to be made in February 2017.

Equality monitoring form

Please complete the following questionnaire. We ask these questions because we have a legal duty to do so and need to understand how our proposals affect all sections of the community.

It is not a legal obligation for you to complete the questionnaire but it will help if you do. The information you provide will be protected and stored securely in line with data protection laws. We will keep the information confidential and will not release any of your personal data. If you would like help to complete this form or would like a form in a different format (such as large print) please call 0114 305 4487 or email helloworkingtogether@nhs.net.

Thank you.


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