Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Government has confirmed that Monday 19 September will be a Bank Holiday.

Barnsley Hospital will be treating it like any other Bank Holiday and some of our services and appointments may be affected. Individuals will be contacted by our administration teams ahead of time if this is the case to offer options for suitable alternative appointments.

Urgent and emergency services will continue as normal.

There will be no changes to access for our Birthing Centre and Antenatal/Postnatal Ward. All ultrasound scan and Antenatal Clinic appointments are running as normal, and our Antenatal Day Unit is open as usual from 8am to 7.30pm.

ALL GP Maternity Clinic appointments and Family Centre appointments are cancelled, If your appointment has been affected you will been contacted and alternative arrangements made.

Maternity home visits will take place as normal.

The Queen’s funeral: hospital outlines health and care arrangements for bank holiday

Urgent and emergency services are likely to be busier than usual ahead of and following the funeral of Her Majesty the Queen. In addition, although most health and care services will continue across the region, some outpatient appointments, GP appointments and other routine appointments will be affected as health and care staff mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

NHS and care leaders are advising communities to make sure they order and collect prescriptions or stock home medicines as some community pharmacies may close during the holiday. NHS and care staff are also working hard to ensure those patients who are well enough to spend the holiday at home can be discharged in time, and will be working closely with families to facilitate this.

Dr Simon Enright, Barnsley Hospital Medical Director, said:

“It was with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Everyone working in the NHS and Care sends their heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning.

“We know that before, during and after bank holidays our urgent and emergency services tend to be busier than usual. We anticipate this weekend and next week will be similar as communities rightly come together to mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. As such, we would ask all our communities to use urgent and emergency services appropriately and use the online NHS111 service initially for non-emergency needs.

“What will be different is that the NHS and care doesn’t schedule outpatient appointments, GP appointments and other routine appointments on planned bank holidays. To ensure as many NHS and care staff can mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen themselves, some of these appointments on Bank Holiday Monday will be rescheduled. The providers of these services have been in touch with patients directly to inform them if they are affected.”

The NHS and care staff will be taking pre-emptive measures ahead of the bank holiday weekend, and this includes supporting our communities to access pharmacies in advance of any closures.

Barnsley Hospital Consultant in Accident & Emergency James Griffiths said:

“People turning up at hospitals with minor illnesses may face long waits for treatment. We do see people who attend Emergency Department (A&E) with coughs and colds, or other minor ailments, which can be easily treated by a pharmacist or at home.  For more advice and guidance, I would ask our communities to visit NHS111 online, which can direct you to the most appropriate service.

“Pharmacies can help with advice and give many over the counter solutions to colds, tummy troubles and rashes. Some of these may be affected by the bank holiday, so if you need a routine prescription please make plans to do so before the bank holiday if you may run short of your usual medicine.”

NHS and Care staff will be supporting those inpatients in hospitals and care facilities who are well enough to return home ahead of the bank holiday.

Dr Enright added:

“I know many patients who are in hospital this week will be anxious to get home so that they can spend the day with their family. Her Majesty the Queen meant so much to our communities, especially those of our older generation who may be in hospital at this time, and I know many will hope to watch the funeral at home with their families.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to ensure those who are well enough to go home can do so. For those who need to remain in hospital, I know our nursing teams across the region will do everything they can to ensure patients can mark the day and watch the events.”

Chief Executive of NHS South Yorkshire, Gavin Boyle added:

“The Queen dedicated her life to public service and we will always be grateful for the way she recognised the compassion and courage of those who worked in health and care. Those same staff will now mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen themselves. On behalf of all senior NHS and care leaders, our clinical teams and the many teams who support them, we are very grateful to the public for using the appropriate service through this period.”

Barnsley Hospital will join the National Moment of Reflection at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the State Funeral, marked by a one-minute silence. The hospital is also facilitating a number of ways for staff and patients to watch the funeral on Monday. The funeral service will be shown in the Hospital Chapel and in the Trust’s Colliers restaurant, and in day rooms on wards wherever possible. Visitors are also welcome to come and watch the funeral service with their loved ones on their own devices at patients’ bedsides.