• Rotherham FT will stop providing hyper acute stroke services from July
  • Barnsley Hospital FT will stop providing services from October
  • ICS also carrying out hospital services review

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System has confirmed two of its five hyper acute stroke units will close by October as part of major reconfiguration plans.

From July, hyper acute stroke care – the care offered in the first 72 hours after a patient has a stroke – will no longer be provided at Rotherham Foundation Trust. Patients will be taken to either Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, or Doncaster Royal Infirmary, depending on which is closest. 

From October, Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust will also stop providing hyper acute stroke care and most patients will go to either Doncaster Royal Infirmary or Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, depending on which is closest. 

All hospitals within the ICS will continue to provide acute stroke care and rehabilitation services. Barnsley and Rotherham patients will be repatriated to their local hospital as soon as medically possible, according to the plan.

“After significant work, clinical input and public consultation, changes to the way we deliver hyper acute stroke services were agreed last year and thanks to the staff involved, is something we can now put in place,” said  Peter Anderton, stroke consultant and clinical lead for hyper acute stroke services in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. ”The changes are about saving even more lives, reducing disabilities and better enabling us to deliver safe and high quality care for all stroke patients in our region.

“Working in this new, networked way will also mean there will be more opportunities for our staff in terms of ongoing skill and career development, learning and peer support.

“We have some excellent teams already in place but to support the changes, we will be recruiting additional staff for our hyper acute stroke units with further regional and local opportunities expected as plans develop to improve the pathway for acute stroke care and beyond.”

The decision to reconfigure the stroke services was made at the end of 2017, following a three-year consultation by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS.

The ICS is also conducting a hospital services review, which is being carried out to address a number of factors, including long-term sustainability and effective use of resources. It is looking at five clinical services: stroke, urgent and emergency care, maternity, care of acutely ill children, and gastroenterology and endoscopy.

Update: This story was updated at 15:35 on 16 April 2019 to include comment from the ICS and to amend the description of the hospital services review.