Health bosses change their plan on hospital consultation times

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BOSSES have changed consultation arrangements for plans to alter healthcare at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Mexborough Montagu Hospital and Bassetlaw Hospital.

A 90-day consultation period was initially planned on the alterations to some clinical services provided across Doncaster and Bassetlaw.

But after discussions with local doctors, the Primary Care Trusts for Doncaster and Bassetlaw will now run the consultation programme in two phases.

There will now be a 90-day public consultation starting in May to consider options for care at Montagu Hospital, Mexborough; endoscopic investigations at Montagu Hospital; and the acute management of hip fractures.

Then a 90 day public consultation, likely to start in October, will consider options for children’s services, obstetric and gynaecology services, and developing Bassetlaw Hospital.

NHS Bassetlaw’s board agreed the two phase approach at their monthly meeting on Wednesday January 26, as did NHS Doncaster at its board meeting last Thursday.

Dr Lis Rodgers, a family doctor at Barnburgh, and medical adviser to NHS Doncaster, said: “The first phase of the consultation will focus on future options for Montagu Hospital, including its role in supporting a potential new rehabilitation service for the area and on endoscopy investigations. We will also present options for the treatment of people living in Doncaster and Bassetlaw who fracture their hip.

“The review is being led by doctors but we are keen to involve local people in developing and agreeing the options for the future that will then be taken out for public consultation.”