THIS is the first look at a new rehabilitation centre due to open in Mexborough.
The artists’s impression of the facility, which will be based within Montagu Hospital, was unveiled at a meeting of the NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group last Thursday.
NHS chiefs envisage patients from across the region who are recovering from accidents and medical conditions such as strokes, broken hips and amputations, will be treated at the centre when it opens in summer 2013.
Project managers expect to submit a planning application within the next month and building work could commence in November.
Health chiefs have described the centre as having a “ bright, welcoming environment more like a boutique hotel than a traditional hospital unit.”
Those receiving treatment will be able to make drinks and cook meals for themselves in a spacious kitchen-diner as part of their therapy.
They will be cared for by a team of specialist doctors, nurses and therapists working seven days a week to help patients regain their independence and confidence.
The centre will also be colour-themed in different areas to make it easier for visually-impaired patients or those with dementia to find their way around.
Chris Ellingworth, clinical director for therapies at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Montagu Hospital, said: “This is a very exciting development for the residents of Doncaster.”