Stroke unit will close in a year

Full story in The Barnsley Chronicle, 17 November 2017

The hyper acute stroke unit at Barnsley Hospital will close by January 2019, health chiefs have confirmed. The decision was made on Wednesday following a review and consultation.

Hyper acute stroke units, which provide the first 72 hours of critical care after a stroke, were reviewed by Commissioners Working Together, a group of eight NHS clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.

The Barnsley and Rotherham units will be closed and anyone who suffers a stroke will be taken to Pinderfields, Doncaster, Sheffield or Chesterfield for the first 72 hours of care. After that time, if well enough, they be brought back to Barnsley for the remainder of their care.