Emergency care could face the axe

POLITICIANS fear plans to downgrade Mexborough Montagu Hospital by diverting emergency cases elsewhere may be “a done deal”.

A consultation proccess started at the weekend for the planned re-organisation of the Adwick Road hospital site that could see a new multi-million pound rehabilitation centre to serve all of Doncaster.

But the proposal to stop admitting to Montagu Hospital very ill patients who need a ‘blue light’ ambulance - and taking them straight to Doncaster Royal Infirmary or another district hospital - is causing the most concern.

Montagu consultants say it is inevitable because the Royal College of Physicians will not approve new jobs for consultants unless there is access to specialist investigation and 24 hours a day intensive care beds.

Mexborough councillor David Holland said residents had seen services ebbing away from Montagu to the stage where the only thing left is day surgery and feared it was already a “done deal.”.

Over the next three months NHS Doncaster is asking for views on proposals to reorganise services at two of the borough’s hospitals - they include closing three wards at Tickhill Road Hospital, Balby, and relocating the service into a rehabilitation centre on the Montagu site.