Funds to assist health changes

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HEALTH bosses are providing £250,000 to help minimise the impact of plans to close a care home for vulnerable elderly people.

The funding is being made available by NHS Barnsley so new service arrangements can be implemented before the borough’s 39-bed Highfield Grange care home is axed.

A report to Barnsley Council’s cabinet says the closure of the facility is necessary due to ‘significant financial pressures’ on both the council and NHS which fund it.

Closure of Highfield Grange has put 38 NHS and 34 Barnsley Council jobs at risk.

Highfield deals with patients discharged from hospital but not yet ready to return to their homes. They will be accommodated at alternative care centres.