Hospital to get new unit

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MORE than £300,000 is being spent improving facilities and the surroundings at a South Yorkshire hospital.

Barnsley Hospital is investing £240,000 in a new Minor Injuries Unit within their Emergency Department which will provide purpose-built facilities for assessing and treating a range of urgent conditions, minor injuries and illnesses.

A further £73,000 will also be spent carrying out a facelift to the back entrance at the hospital.

The new unit, due to open in the summer, will include X-ray and pharmacy services and outpatient clinics, and will also work in partnership with other hospital and community departments.

Dr Julian Humphrey, emergency medicine consultant, said the extended service would reduce waiting times and ensure patients received the best treatment from the most effective and appropriate health professional.