TWO extra wards will be opened at Barnsley Hospital to ease pressure on services this winter.

The plan to provide extra beds is part of a £3million investment into services being made by the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The group represents 38 GP practices and more than 230,000 patients and is responsible for commissioning health care for Barnsley people.

Dr Nick Balac, chairman of the Barnsley CCG, said the investment should tackle an expected 15 per cent increase in demand on services during the winter months.

"More people become unwell with a variety of conditions and these things get worse in the winter," Nick added.

"There's often an increase in the numbers of frail elderly, who are often less mobile as a result, and become poorly."

An extra 28-bed ward will be opened from November to March and a second 28-bed ward will open in January.