Chesterfield Royal Hospital is a medium-sized District General Hospital with 3,700 staff and 100 volunteers. It is Chesterfield’s largest employer and was one of the first hospitals in the UK to become a Foundation Trust in January 2005. Situated a few miles from the stunning landscape of the Peak District in one direction and the steel city of Sheffield in the other, the Trust serves a population of around 460,000 across the Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North Amber Valley, High Peak and North East Derbyshire districts.
The Royal provides an extensive range of services set within a single, modern site within easy reach of Chesterfield town centre and has a 24 hour emergency department and 19 outpatient wards that provide around 550 general and acute beds for its Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedic and Paediatric patients together with a dedicated Women’s Health Unit, Emergency Management Unit and Clinical Decision Unit.
The hospital sees and treats a huge number of patients, including over 80,000 people in its emergency department with 240,000 people seen during appointments in outpatient suites and 150,000 x-rays taken every year. Clinical teams look after approximately 36,000 patients who are admitted in an emergency and care for 30,000 people following a planned operation with a further 30,000 people seen for physiotherapy. Almost two million pathology samples tested annually and the maternity team delivers 3,000 babies per year.
A great deal of expansion has taken place in recent years with three new adult inpatient wards, purpose built units for cancer, ophthalmology and maternity services, a new building for child development services (called The Den) and a fully refurbished theatre suite, endoscopy suite, main entrance concourse and medical records library. All of this has developed over the last decade with the hospital reinvesting heavily in its own services.
There are also strong community and primary care facilities outside of The Royal itself. The hospital oversees the running of five GP practices through its Royal Primary Care division alongside a number of community colleagues who provide care in patients’ homes. This includes midwifery support and a number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health workers in addition to community support from therapy teams for appropriate, discharged patients.
Your donation to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity will help the trust enhance patient care and experience in ways that aren’t met by government funding from the acquiring of the latest diagnostic equipment to developing skills and knowledge and the provision of relaxation gardens and well-being programmes for staff.