Visiting update

From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.


Weekly community update from our CEO - 25 January 2021

Posted Monday, January 25, 2021 3:39 PM

Weekly community update from our CEO - 25 January 2021

25 January 2021 – Update 12

An update to patients, communities and partners of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT


We continue to care for over 200 patients with Covid in our three hospitals every day. This is more than twice the number of patients in the peak in April 2020.

I am sorry that we are still unable to accept visitors to our sites, as I recognise this impacts on patients and their friends and families. It is important we take all possible steps to reduce the rate of Covid in our hospitals whilst ensuring we continue to provide compassionate care. We have introduced a new family liaison service to support patients to be able to make video and phone calls and to pass on messages when those calls are not possible. This service is run by hospital colleagues who have volunteered their time. You can email the service at and we will be sharing a phone number across social media and on our website in the next couple of days.

Last week the BBC spent time filming with us to learn more about our hospitals and how we are caring for patients. The footage should be shown on BBC1 news at 1800 and 2200 tomorrow and on BBC Breakfast. We are working as a team to get through this time and we are pleased the BBC team filmed a diverse group of colleagues at Sherwood.

The Mansfield Vaccination Centre opened today. It is on the old Wickes site on Chesterfield Road South. It has been launched by our colleagues at the Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is a good example of health and care partners working together. More information can be found here:

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Richard Mitchell