Unit is praised

Ed Miliband, MP and Labour pictured observing as Helen McAlinney, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening co-ordinator, screens patient David Grayson.
Ed Miliband, MP and Labour pictured observing as Helen McAlinney, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening co-ordinator, screens patient David Grayson.

Doncaster North MP and Labour leader Ed Miliband has praised patients and staff at a hospital as he found out how new services are set to transform the health of people in South Yorkshire.

During his visit to Mexborough’s Montagu Hospital, he toured the site of a centre that is set to lead the way nationally in the care of people recovering from serious and potentially life-changing illnesses or injuries.

These including stroke, road traffic accidents, falls and amputations.

The £3.8m, 58-bed rehabilitation centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and will provide nursing, medical and therapeutic care seven days a week in an environment completely unlike a traditional hospital ward.

He said: “Montagu has been at the heart of Mexborough for more than 100 years. It does do a vitally important job.”