Children’s centre shut as nurses redeployed

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A NHS children’s centre has been forced to close temporarily due to a rise in admissions at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Ryegate House, on Tapton Crescent Road, Crosspool, will be closed until ‘at least the end of April’ after staff at the unit were re-deployed to the hospital.

John Reid, Sheffield Children’s Hospital trust director of nursing and clinical operations, said: “A temporary closure at Ryegate House was necessary due to a significant rise in the number of children being admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“These children have been increasingly ill and in need of more complex medical or nursing treatment.

“In order to respond to the needs of these children, we have decided to redeploy the nursing staff from Ryegate House to one of our wards that caters for children with special needs and neuro-disability.”

Mr Reid said ‘the move would help ensure all acutely ill children are adequately cared for at the hospital and that patient safety is maintained’.

Mr Reid said: “We know the respite service is hugely valued by families so we are working to reopen as soon as possible.”