WORK on Barnsley Hospital's state-of-the-art facility for soon-to-be mums is set to start next month.

Health bosses at the hospital have appointed Doncaster Road-based building firm CD Potter and Sons as the main contractor for a new £1.2million birthing suite.

The funding's come from a Department of Health grant, which gave three South Yorkshire hospitals a share of £25million to upgrade their maternity services.

"The facilities will be fantastic," said John Rhodes, the hospital's head of projects. "The improvements will help to bring the birthing environment up to the very high standard of clinical care that women in our maternity unit already receive."

The new suite will feature three birthing pools, seven delivery suites equipped en-suite facilities and a room to serve as a special suite for bereaved parents.

Work is due to start in July and the expected finish date is January 2014.