The weekly ‘Clap for Carers’ means an immense amount to our staff working on the front line to support patients in our hospital.

Whilst we at Barnsley Hospital greatly appreciate the overwhelmingly positive support, we urge people to observe the essential social distancing measures in place and ensure this is practiced effectively on our hospital site.

The fact that people want to come to Barnsley Hospital to show their support by clapping our staff is incredible but we must ask that for the continued safety of our staff and our patients, unless you are already at the hospital, please don’t attend the site to participate.

We would love to receive examples of people participating in Clap for Carers which we can directly share with our hard working staff. Please send them to: communications.barnsley@nhs.net or on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

As a reminder, please only go outside to exercise once a day, for food, medicines and health reasons or for work (but only if you cannot work from home). If you do go out, please stay 2metres (6ft) away from other people at all times. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.