"Very impressed with Rotherham"

About: Rotherham Hospital

(as the patient),

Last year I attended Rotherham General for a series of tests where I had to visit firstly a consultant and have x-rays. My urine and blood was also tested. Then my adrenal gland was checked as well as my abdomen. Lastly, I had a pelvis scan.

At all times the visits were made more comfortable by the friendliness of the staff. A particular mention for the nurses who take blood, they were most jolly!

I think more still needs to be done to change the smoking directly by the main entrance. I know it's well signed but it's horrible to see people desperately dragging on cigarettes especially if they are on a drip or in pyjamas.

But all in all, very impressed.

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Response from Claire McInnes, PALS Co-ordinator, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on this website, and how wonderful to read such positive comments. I am pleased that your visits to the hospital were made more comfortable by the staff you came into contact with.

I am sorry, however, to read of your concerns regarding smokers outside the main entrance of the hospital. As you are aware, the Trust has implemented a smoking ban in all buildings and grounds. Whilst this has been successful on the whole, I am sorry if you encountered a minority of patients smoking at the main entrance. In an effort to combat this and enforce the ban, the Trust has employed a full time smoking warden since 01 December 2008 to patrol the grounds.

Thank you once again for your post.

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