The Communications Team is responsible for media relations on behalf of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We work with journalists in print, TV, radio and online. As well as responding to media enquiries, the team can arrange interviews with healthcare experts.
During office hours, all media enquiries should be directed to the Communications Team by telephoning:
0114 2261363 or 0114 2711702.
Out-of-hours and weekends
Outside office hours a member of the team will be on-call to deal with enquiries from journalists. The on-call member can be contacted via switchboard on 0114 243 4343
Patient condition checks should be referred to the Communications Team on the above numbers. Please do not contact the wards direct.
Only a brief indication of the progress of the patient will be given, such as the patient is critical, serious or stable.
Please note that with requests for patient information the Communications Team first needs to seek consent from the patient/relatives. Without consent, no patient information can be released.
Should a major incident occur, the hospital has a contingency plan that includes arrangements for the media. A press centre will be established at the Northern General Hospital in the Metabolic Bone Unit Outpatients dept. This will be set up with refreshments and equipped with media working space. You will be given regular updates on the situation and the opportunity for interviews. A vantage point is also available at this location (near A&E) for photographs and filming.
Statements will be recorded on the voice bank. Media can then dial into this number which will be made available on this site during a major incident.