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HEALTH chiefs have organised an additional public meeting in Mexborough to discuss proposed changes to services at Montagu Hospital.

NHS Doncaster have unvelied plans to replace acute emergency treatment at the hospital with rehabilitation facilities.

This would result in around 700 emergency patients a year being taken by ambulance to either Doncaster Royal Informary, Rotherham or Barnsley Hospitals - instead of Montagu.

The Mexborough hospital’s acute medical wards - used to treat severely ill patients - would then be closed and transformed into a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre.

Patients who attend the Ash, Elm and Rowan wards at Tickhill Road Hospital, Balby, would instead use Montagu.

NHS Doncaster have organised a second public consultation meeting in Mexborough to take place at the Business Centre on College Road on Tuesday, November 15, from 6pm to 8pm.

Local family GP Dr Lis Rodgers will give a short presentation about the proposals before taking questions from the audience.

The event is part of a three months long public consultation - called Moving with the Times - which aims to find out what people think about the proposals.

Dr Rodgers said: “I urge people to come along and find out why we are proposing to make these changes.

“This is an important issue and we want local people to give us their thoughts on our plans.”

Copies of the Moving with the Times consultation can be downloaded from the NHS Doncaster website at:www.doncaster.nhs.uk/your-say/moving-with-the-times/