Two new £2.5 million units have been officially opened in a bid to ease pressure on South Yorkshire casualty services.
Barnsley Hospital’s new clinical decision unit and its refurbished resuscitation unit were unveiled by Sir David Nicholson, NHS England chief executive.
The 10-bed CDU sits alongside the hospital’s emergency department, providing a location for people to be cared for and observed before being admitted to hospital or discharged.
Meanwhile, the resuscitation unit has been expanded from three beds to five, to help manage increasing numbers of patients.
Sir David was given a tour of both units, and spoke with staff before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening.
During his visit, he also had the opportunity to see the hospital’s acute medical unit, meeting with managers and clinicians.
Sir David said: “The opening of these units is really good news for the people of Barnsley and surrounding areas.
“It should mean better care for patients and it will help reduce the number of avoidable emergency admissions.
“Around the country, the rise in avoidable admissions has become a key issue for the NHS in recent times.
“It’s important and impressive that the trust is taking these steps to help tackle it.”