Being discharged from hospital can be a huge relief but also a daunting time for some people who might worry about how they’ll cope once they are away from hospital.
That’s why before you leave us, we make sure you have all the support, information, equipment and medication you need both from ourselves and, if necessary, local organisations such as NHS Barnsley, the local primary care trust and Barnsley Council.
Below we have compiled a list of useful local contacts that you or your family can get in touch with if you feel you need more support:
Older people services
NHS Barnsley (our local primary care trust) in partnership with Barnsley Council is responsible for a wide range of older people services which include:
- District nursing
- Help with re-dressing wounds
- Nursing care and therapy at home
Please visit the NHS Barnsley website for more details on how to access these services and who to speak to first.
Mental health services
Mental ill health can affect us all and in many different ways. Many people will experience some form of mental ill health in their lifetime which can include stress, anxiety and depression.
If these feelings go on for a long time or you find it becoming increasingly difficult to cope, the best place to start is a visit to your GP to explain how you are feeling. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your feelings with a GP, there are a number of other people you can speak to who will be able to support you.
Please visit the NHS Barnsley website for more details on mental health services in Barnsley.
Physical disability services
Barnsley Hospital works with its partners NHS Barnsley and Barnsley Council to provide services to patients with a physical disability or sensory impairment. There are a range of rehabilitation, respite, social work and therapy support services we can offer you based on your needs.
You will need to make an appointment with your GP who will be able to give you more information about the sorts of services that will benefit you and your specific condition.
Other therapy services
Podiatry (foot care), speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are all therapies that you need to be referred to through your GP or hospital consultant. If you feel your condition hasn’t improved or is getting worse once you leave hospital, make an appointment with your GP so they can advise the best course of action and any additional therapy you might require.
Other local voluntary organisations
Below is a list of local voluntary organisations who offer different types of support to people with specific conditions. Support might include anything from help around the home to counselling therapy:
Offer a huge range of information and practical guidance for older people from choosing a retirement home to how to manage your finances. Age UK Barnsley also provides a number of local services such as home visits, short term practical help and emotional support for older people:36a Queens RoadBarnsleyS71 1AR
Mind in Barnsley
Mind is one of the UK’s leading mental health charities and at the Barnsley branch, you can access advice and information of mental health, find out about anger management and find out more about counselling and drop-in sessions available in the area:Arcadia House
72 Market Street
Telephone: 01226 211188
Barnsley bereavement support services
There are separate details about bereavement support that can be found here. It can sometimes be easier to talk to a stranger on a telephone about the things that you are going through than it is to talk to a person who is close to you.
Telephone: 01226 200565
BLINK is a local Barnsley helpline that provides a confidential service for anyone who needs someone to listen. They have trained volunteers who will help you get things off your chest and enable you to see your problems from a different angle. They can also provide information about other local or national services that may be able to help. If you are feeling anxious or stressed about any type of situation whether it be life in general to housing or benefits worries, the team are there to listen.
Telephone: 01226 203330
Evenings only between 6.30pm – 9.30pm