changes to specialist rehabilitation care in Doncaster have led to new patients being sent to another hospital.
Patients recovering from serious injury or illness are now being treated at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough in a unit that is being specially designed, built, equipped and staffed to provide the very best care.
Plans for the centre, which will be staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and therapists working seven days a week to provide expert rehabilitation tailored to each patient’s individual needs, were approved by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group in February following public consultation last year.
Health chiefs are introducing the changes in phases to minimise disruption to patients.
The first major milestone means Tickhill Road Hospital in Balby has now stopped accepting new patients with conditions other than strokes.
Until September, patients who need rehabilitation after falls, serious injury or illnesses other than stroke will receive that care at Montagu Hospital or Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Tickhill Road will continue to accept new patients for stroke rehabilitation as well as caring for all rehabilitation patients currently on its wards.
Consultant Physician Dr Rod Kersh, the Clinical Director for Older People and Rehabilitation at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is the first major step towards the opening of a new rehabilitation centre that will lead the way nationally for highly-specialist care catering to each patient’s individual recovery from serious injury or illness.
“When it opens next year, it will transform the way we approach rehabilitation in this region by providing intensive therapeutic care seven days a week in a real-life environment a world away from a traditional hospital ward.
“We are paving the way by gradually transferring services to minimise the impact on patients and their families and carers as far as possible.”
A free shuttle bus runs between DRI and Montagu Hospital from Monday to Friday.