WORK on extending Barnsley Hospice has started.

There will be two new treatment rooms and a counselling room, while modications will be made to the current building to create a family area for patients staying at the hospice.

The work will be carried out at the front of the existing building, although the hospice will remain open, and is expected to be finished by next summer.

A landscaped garden will also be created for in-patients.

The aim of the work is to be able to treat more people.