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21-11-2009, 09:54   #21
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Used it last year sat and waited over an hour only to be told I needed to go to the minor injuries unit at the NGH. It was only an abcess on my finger that had turned green and wanted lancing, no idea why they could not do it at the Hallamshire minor injuries unit.
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21-11-2009, 10:23   #22
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What about the other 699,999 people in Sheffield? Does it matter if it's in a convenient location for them?
I don't mean it's a convenient location as in i live nearby, i'm in Handsworth so bloomin' miles away from it! I mean it's on a decent bus route so easy to get too!
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22-11-2009, 08:21   #23
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22-11-2009, 09:54   #24
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At the Hallamshire there are two departments, the Walk in Clinic and the Minor Injuries Unit.

The Walk in Clinic is more like going to the doctors. In my experience they're also extremely slow. For example, a couple of years ago I had an ear infection that caused the ears to wax up to make me rather deaf. After looking on the Minor injuries unit website, it said that they dealt with this sort of thing. After waiting three hours, I was informed that they don't and I should go to Rotherham. Needless to say I was rather annoyed.

The Minor Injuries Unit on the other hand, is excellent. Seeping pustules (resulting in an extra large comedy NHS thumb bandage) and assorted injuries I can't deal with, all sorted within 15 minutes of arrival.

I would prefer to have these services as part of the Hospital. If it turns out there's something serious going on then you don't have to go very far. The Hallamshire is also on a load of bus routes. Broad Lane isn't.

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22-11-2009, 10:27   #25
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23-11-2009, 17:19   #26
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Broad Lane is down Rockingham street, which comes off West street. To me, this isn't the centre of town and doesn't seem like such a great location for a Walk in centre, since there's only one bus that actually goes down Broad Lane and most people who use public transport will either have to get 2 buses or a bus into town and then the tram along West street and still have to walk down Rockingham street.
Also, the Walk in centre on Broad Lane is open every day 8-8, the same hours as the one at the Hallamshire Hospital. Not sure if they will extend the hours when they merge together or not
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23-11-2009, 21:12   #27
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used the walk in centre on thursday evening only to be told to go to a&e at the ngh. after 8 hours in a&e i was transfered back to the hallamshire from where i was discharged yesterday.
the ngh told us that they deal with above the waist & rhh deal with below the waist
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What are peoples views on the walk in centre at the hallamshire? they currently open 8-8 every day but this may be changing this year, as well as their location, what do people think of this?
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08-02-2010, 17:04   #29
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08-02-2010, 17:10   #30
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there have been public consulations happening about merging the walk in centre and minor injuries with the gp walk in centre on broad lane. they might all be moving down there later this year, and a change of opening times have been suggested. there was some information on the nhs sheffield website a few weeks ago but this has been moved, probably because the consulation has finished and the commisioners are looking at the results.
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08-02-2010, 18:02   #31
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The service they offer is excellent, the nurses there seem as knowledgeable as GPs! I went there last year after being unable to get a GP appt and getting more and more ill by the hour, and the nurse phoned the GP and told the receptionist they must see me next morning - good thing as I ended back up at the Hallamshire as an emergency admission

Perhaps town would be more central for people, but there is at least some parking around Hallamshire for patients. I'd like them to open 24/7 though and keep the same staff.
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08-02-2010, 18:43   #32
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08-02-2010, 19:19   #33
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Found it excellent when I had a splinter of wood in my eye, really nice staff and got it sorted quickly as they have an eye clinic. Would have been hours at NGH
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08-02-2010, 19:30   #34
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I've used the drop in centre at Hallamshire but the problem is parking nearby as I can't use public transport, probably would be easier to park near broad land but if you need to be referred for an exray or specialist help you will have to go to the Hallamshire and queue there too, won't you? Won't some people just decide to call out GP instead?
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08-02-2010, 20:14   #35
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Have you tried getting a GP to come to you these days? Unless they are aware of a major reason why it's not practical for you to get to them then they simply advise getting a taxi and getting to the surgery. Not that I've ever failed at getting to the surgery myself, but a relative who was over 90, pretty immobile and blind still got this advice until social services threw a tantrum about it to the practice manager.
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08-02-2010, 20:51   #36
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I have used both, I have used the new one on Broad Lane for my 2 year old son, and more recently I had an ECG there(this surprised me as I didn't even know they had this facility there.) I found the lady G.P. at Broad Lane brilliant, she gave me plenty of time to explain my symptoms and was very thorough.
The building at Broad Lane is a nice clean building too.
The service I have also received at RHH was excellent as well.
My only quibble is, the parking at Broad Lane can be a bit hit and miss, plus you have to pay and display where spaces are limited at say peak Saturday shopping hours.
Having said that, I suppose parking at RHH isn't that great either for the M.I.U./walk-in-centre.
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08-02-2010, 21:31   #37
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I think the walk in centre is excellent, went there last sunday and within 45 mins they had examined, x-rayed and potted my foot up and sent me on to northern general as i needed an operation, they even paid my taxi fares from the walk in to northern.

Staff were fantastic would be a shame to lose this service, but if just moving premises and everything they have to offer is at the new place i cant see a problem whatsover.
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08-02-2010, 21:37   #38
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I have used the walk in centre service a few times at the Hallamshire, most times have been with for my daughter and all been fine. My last visit for myself has put me off going forever has i ended up in hospital for 4 days has the nurse found my illness using the NHS web site and got my diagnosis all wrong, and was not listening to what medication i was already on and saying it will be fine, and he never really looked at me even thou i had rashes all over, i was told it was chicken pox when it was not, later in the day we had to ring 999 has i got very ill. This is the first time i have ever been and the nurse using the internet to try and find out what was up. The DR's was not to pleased when told about it when i was rushed into hospital. I have never even hear of Broad lane one till today, but if it is better then Hallamshire one i give it a try, I am not 100% sure where it is, but the trusty internet will help me.
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08-02-2010, 21:44   #39
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I have always found the walk-in place at the hallamshire very good - I have had to use it a couple of times, although I got a shock once - went in as I couldnt get a GP appointment and my leg was hurting a stupid amount, ended up being admitted and having emergency surgery a few hours later (would have been straight away except I ate before I went up there!) and staying in hospital nearly a week. So yeah, I have found it quite useful. As others have said I would worry that a move away from the hospitals would delay treatment, and also cost more eg taxis or ambulances to move people who needed to be admitted. Also, I am concerned that others say this broad lane place is a private place, contracted out. Not happy if that is true.
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I went once and got directed to A&E at the Northern General. It's hard knowing where to go in the first place.
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