Wards to move under new plan

Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital
Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital
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Health chiefs are in talks about moving wards out of Sheffield’s Weston Park cancer hospital to the Royal Hallamshire.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has held a series of meetings to discuss the future of Weston Park Hospital, where more space and modernised facilities are needed.

One of the options being considered is the relocation of a number of inpatient beds into the main Hallamshire hospital building out of nearby Weston Park.

But staff and union officials have called for a full public consultation over the plans – citing fears for patient safety and concerns over increased pressure on parking spaces.

Charlie Carruth, regional organiser for Unison, said members accepted there were ‘clinical reasons’ for moving wards, but that the strain on parking would have a ‘severe impact’ on patients and families.

“We have expressed the view that the options are so far-reaching and potentially controversial they should consult widely before any decisions are reached,” said Mr Carruth.

Dr Patricia Fisher, the trust’s clinical director, said: “The sessions held with staff were simply exploring options for the optimal location of our inpatient beds but no decisions have yet been made.

“If we did move more beds, the space at Weston Park would be used to provide other necessary care and treatment.

“We already provide cancer care at both hospitals and therefore it is entirely logical for the discussions to include both sites.

“We will ensure staff and patients continue to be involved in the future development of cancer care in Sheffield.”

Dr Fisher added: “Regrettably car parking is always an issue but any eventual proposed changes which impact on parking will be carefully considered to see what can be done to limit the impact on patients and visitors.”

She said there was ‘absolutely no threat’ of Weston Park being closed or downgraded.