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 pre-consultation.
We are consulting on one proposal - to have three centres.
If you live in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire and have a stroke, you would receive hyper acute stroke care in:
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital
- Doncaster Royal Infirmary
- The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
This would mean that Barnsley and Rotherham hospitals would no longer provide hyper acute care for people who have had a stroke. Although Chesterfield Royal Hospital receives less than 600 patients a year, it is in a different NHS region (East Midlands) and therefore remains as a centre in our proposal. These services may be considered as part of an East Midlands review in the future.
After the first 72 hours of receiving critical care, if you live in Barnsley or Rotherham and are well enough, you would be transferred to your local hospital for the remainder of your care. We are not looking to make changes to 'acute' stroke care which is care received after the first 72 hours until you go home from hospital and this will still be provided in all our local hospitals.
Rehabilitation services, such as speech and language and physiotherapies, which help you to get better once you leave hospital, will also still be provided closer to where you live.
Do you agree or disagree with the three centre option to change the way we provide hyper acute stroke services?
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 hyper acute stroke services.
The results of this consultation will be presented to the Commissioners Working Together (joint CCG) board who will make a decision on how hyper acute stroke 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.