Bassetlaw District General Hospital

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Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop, is one of the hospitals in the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.[1] The hospital has 305 beds (19% single rooms). Each year, the hospital treats around 33,000 patients along with 38,000 emergencies in the A&E Department.

The hospital is situated in the residential area of Kilton, Nottinghamshire, about half a mile from Worksop town centre. The A1, M1 and M18 are all within 20 minutes drive; Doncaster (20 minutes), Sheffield (30 minutes) and Nottingham (50 minutes) are within an easy drive.

It is named after the District which it serves, Bassetlaw District of North Nottinghamshire, as opposed to the town Worksop.


Hospital services in Bassetlaw began with the opening of the 5-bed Victoria Hospital, Worksop, in 1900, staffed by a house surgeon, two honorary surgeons, a matron and three probationer nurses. There were 59 patients and during the first year, the income was £487 12s 6d, and the expenditure £505 4s 3d. Thirty years later, 812 patients were treated, the income was £7326 and expenditure £6751. A (penny in the pound) worker's contributory scheme raised £4300 while the 'Gloops Club' donated a cot to the Children's wing. It became part of the NHS in 1948 and apart from a new orthopaedic ward in the 1970s it was virtually unchanged until it was demolished in 1996.

The foundation stone for Kilton Hospital was laid in 1902; it was known as Worksop's Poor Law Infirmary and cost £18,300 to build. Major parts of this building still exists and is now used as an administration block and the Postgraduate Centre and Library. During the first World War a group of temporary buildings were built further up the hill to accommodate war wounded, they were still in use in the 1980s. Some of the windows in the old part of Kilton Hospital (which became the paediatric ward in the late 1970s) had graffiti scratched on the glass with initials and dates from injured soldiers. They may be still there in what is now the postgraduate centre (confirmation needed)

The first phase of the new Bassetlaw Hospital was begun on the same site in 1982. Work was completed in 1987 and Casualty and inpatient facilities at Retford Hospital were transferred to the new site in 1988. Not long after the services from the Victoria Hospital in the centre of Worksop were transferred to Bassetlaw Hospital. During the transition in the early 1980s A&E was at the Victoria with Surgery and Orthopaedics and the pathology laboratories, all other services were at Kilton.

The hospital joined with Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 2001 to form the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust and now jointly serves a population of 410,000.

The Trust has a Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS), which deals with people's day-to-day issues and concerns by solving some problems on the spot. In addition, PALS staff will help to make changes to sort out recurrent problems experienced by both patients and staff. The PALS office is based in the main entrance next to the reception desk.

Clinical services[edit]

The hospital serves a population of approximately 110,000, with 305 beds and its services include A&E, Consultants in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory Medicine, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Stroke, Acute Medicine, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Haematology, Palliative Medicine with visiting Renal, Neurology and Oncology Physicians.

Surgical services include Orthopaedics, Colorectal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Urology and outpatient ENT and ophthalmology services. Other services include an on site Mental Health unit

Critical Care Services include SCBU, ITU, HDU and a CCU with its own dedicated cardiac pacing room for insertion of temporary cardiac pacing wires.

On site Women Services include Breast Screening, Gynaecology and Obstetric/Maternity Services. There is also a Special Care Baby Unit.

A Paediatric Ward is located on site.

A satellite Renal Dialysis Unit has also been opened on the grounds of the hospital.

A modern radiology department has MRI, CT, Barium studies, Ultrasound scanning and DEXA scanning.

A Endoscopy unit provides services for colonoscopy, gastroscopy, PEG insertions, Breath tests, bronchoscopy and cystoscopy (over 3500 procedures a year) A recent JAG inspection in June 2010 resulted in a 5-year Accreditation for the endoscopy unit. Plans are afoot to build a large modern endoscopy unit in 2014.

The cardiorespiratory lab performs echocardiography, ECG, spirometry and pulmonary function tests.

A specially planned and facilitated Day Surgery Unit opened in 2001, with its own theatre, providing general surgery, ophthalmic and orthopaedic services. These surgical specialities are served by a theatre complex containing four main theatres. There is a combined HDU and ICU, providing four intensive care and two high dependency beds which are used flexibly.

Retford Hospital[edit]

The Trust provides a range of outpatient and community services at Retford Hospital, which is also the headquarters of Bassetlaw PCT. Services provided at Retford include; outpatient department, physiotherapy, speech therapy, chiropody, audiology, child health, community occupational health, community nursing/ equipment loans, continence service, dental, Genito-Urinary medicine, intermediate care and medical imaging.

Outpatient clinics at Retford Hospital include Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Urology and Ear, Nose and Throat.

PostGraduate medical services[edit]

The PostGraduate centre holds weekly educationally meetings for doctors and nurses. It contains its own Library. In 2009 it held the formal MRCP PACES exam making it the smallest hospital to have held the PACES exam in the UK. It currently participates in holding the South Yorkshire Regional mock PACES exam for medical trainees which took place at Bassetlaw Hospital in October 2011. The hospital runs a MRCP PACES course 3 times a year.[2]

A Clinical Skills lab is based at Bassetlaw.

Basstelaw Hospital is an Associate teaching hospital of the University of Sheffield and Associate college of Sheffield Hallam University.

Medical trainees[edit]

The hospital provides training for doctors who rotate through the Sheffield Deanery (South Yorkshire Rotation). It also provides training for GP VTS scheme ( from the Nottingham Deanery).

Staff facilities[edit]

The hospital has had recent investments in a new restaurant.

The main entrance is on Blyth Road. In the main foyer is a shop, run by WRVS, selling sweets, snacks, newspapers, sandwiches, cards, and a selection of gifts.

In the outpatients' waiting area, there is a coffee shop run by WRVS.

The new modern staff restaurant, which is situated in the main hospital building is open to the public and staff.


Facilities for patient and staff parking available.

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Coordinates: 53°19′03″N 1°06′35″W / 53.3174°N 1.1098°W / 53.3174; -1.1098