Health chiefs have extended the accident and emergency department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in a bid to reduce pressure on services.
The new clinical decision unit has opened after a major redevelopment increasing the number of beds from four to 15.
Hospital bosses say the unit will play a critical role in reducing pressure on the emergency team by providing a more appropriate setting to care for adult patients who are not suitable for discharge but do not need to be admitted to an inpatient ward.
Dr Asim Habib, consultant lead for the unit, said: “This new unit will allow us to care for patients, with specific but common medical and social issues, who might previously have spent many hours in the main emergency department, in much improved surroundings.
“Some patients attending the emergency department require a period of observation. For example after a minor head injury, or we may need to carry out mobility assessments and diagnostic tests to reach a sound clinical decision.
“All these things take time and the clinical decision unit provides an appropriate environment for these patients until their assessments are completed.”
The unit comprises 15 beds within five single sex bays.
Each bedded bay has en-suite facilities, phone and computer access for staff and patients.
Staff are able to access and input data from within the areas.