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Super Saturday!

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Super Saturday celebrated the work of everyone to give children and young people the care they need as soon as possible.

Sheffield Children’s is committed to reducing waiting times and has already made progress, but there remains much to do. The focus is now to reduce the number of remaining longer waits, as well as reducing waiting times further in the future.

Super Saturday activity included:

  • extra clinics for Allergy, Cardiology, Community Pediatrics and Respiratory *
    • extra dental surgery appointments*
    • a children’s health bus touring the city to promote children’s services including dental health
    *(please note patients were contacted and invited to attend)

The children’s health bus visited Meadowhead Morrisons, Newfield Green and Parson Cross Asda.

How we are making a difference

Everyone at Sheffield Children’s is dedicated to reducing waiting times for our patients. Initiatives to date have included:

  • reducing the time day patients spend in hospital
  • running extra theatres and clinics
  • maximising the use of theatres
  • providing extra support for children with the greatest needs, and
  • freeing up space within clinics to offer more appointments.

Waiting list recovery programme

Sheffield Children’s is part of a national alliance of children’s hospitals committed to reducing waiting times by sharing experience and adopting new ways of working.

This collaboration – known as the National Paediatric Accelerator Programme – provides for rapid sharing of improvements across all hospital providers. Together we can act quickly to offer a better experience for children and young people, and their families.

Other leading specialist children’s hospitals in the alliance are Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Five other hospitals with large children’s departments are also involved:

  • Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • Oxford University Hospital, and
  • University Hospital Southampton.

Impact of the pandemic nationally

Nationally children’s health services were affected by the pandemic, even though Covid-19 does not tend to cause serious illness in large numbers of children.

As a result, waiting times for treatment have generally been longer across all children’s care providers.


A tribute from Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill 

2012 Olympic Super Saturday champion, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, has sent a message of heartfelt thanks to everyone at Sheffield Children’s for working to reduce waiting times.

2012 Olympic Super Saturday champion, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, has given her heartfelt thanks to everyone working to reduce waiting times for young patients at Sheffield Children’s.

Extra clinics, dental surgery sessions and a children’s health bus ran on Saturday 16 October – known as Super Saturday – as part of a whole programme of activity at the Hospital to reduce waiting times increased by the pandemic.

In her Super Saturday message Dame Jessica told everyone at Sheffield Children’s: “I have nothing but admiration for all the staff there, and all NHS workers…Super Saturday is a shining example of how incredible you all are and all your amazing achievements.”

Dame Jessica has been a patron for The Children’s Hospital Charity since April 2006 and regularly visits the wards to see the children with her Olympic medals.

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November 2021: Our guidance for inpatients at Sheffield Children's has changed. Two named parents/carers may be permitted in inpatients only.See more about our guidance about inpatients
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