Consistent care around the clock is a tough target for our hospitals to attain, whatever the commitment and professionalism of the NHS’s health professionals.
So it is encouraging to hear that Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - which operates the city’s accident and emergency unit at the Northern General - has taken on four extra consultants. That increases the number by a third to 16, who will be on duty at least 16 hours a day, seven days a week. At a time when fears are being expressed nationally that some A&E departments may struggle to cope this winter, it seems Sheffield is better placed than most. Direct spending on staffing levels is one improvement that can guarantee better levels of service for us all.
making van man smile
When the chips are down - Sheffield folk are known for coming up with the goods. And when John’s Van, a popular food trailer for more than 30 years, was stolen last week the reaction from residents was typical. Hundreds of people joined a Twitter campaign to find the van - including people as far away as Texas. Students made a music video highlighting the loss. And offers of help came rolling in to owner Jeremy Woolley. Unfortunately the thieves have not yet been caught. But tomorrow John’s Van will be back in business after a replacement was found, no doubt to big queues of customers desperate for their bacon sandwiches. We hope this helps restore Mr Woolley’s faith in humanity.
Sheffield’s golden sporting reputation has long been shouted about. And it is the only city in the UK to have hosted the Sainsbury’s School Games twice. How fantastic to see talented youngsters, many from South Yorkshire, experience the life that professional sports players do once again. A resounding well done to all, athletes, volunteers and supporters, who took part.