WORK has begun on the transformation of the main entrance at Rotherham General Hospital–the latest stage in an eight-year programme of upgrades.
The aim of the project is to provide easier access to services for patients, visitors and staff.
The construction work on the main entrance and reception area is part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust's Hospital of Tomorrow programme which is focussed on developing and upgrading services and facilities across the hospital.
The programme is already underway in other parts of the hospital, with the completion of the new Theatre Admissions Unit (TAU) in February.
The TAU has been designed for the admission of patients on the day of their surgery, reducing the need for them to come into hospital the night before their operation.
Two new state-of-the-art operating theatres were also opened in March.
Mark Trumper, the Trust's chief of service transformation, said: "We are passionate about the care we give people. From the moment someone walks through our doors we want them to feel safe, comfortable and confident in the excellent care they will receive.
“Changing our reception to make it easier for people to get around, to find what they need or the help they want and creating a calmer, brighter, welcoming area will make things better for patients and will have a positive impact on their well-being.”
Mr Trumper said that building work would cause some disruptions and added: “We are committed to keeping disruption to an absolute minimum, making sure we maintain the quality of our services throughout with as little impact on patients, visitors and staff as possible."
The work is being carried out by the Leeds-based firm BAM and Sheffield-based architects Race Cottam.