THE CONTROVERSIAL closure of Highfield Grange has gone ahead and new arrangements for patients announced, We Are Barnsley can reveal.

Campaigners fought for months against the loss of the facility in Wombwell - which was the only one in the borough which provides intermediate care for people who are well enough to be discharged from hospital but not yet fit enough to go home.

But, despite the battle, money could not be found to keep it open and instead patients will now be asked to use one of three residential homes in the area.

John Harding, head of joint commissioning older people and vulnerable adults for Barnsley Council, said: "Following a successful period of dual running, Highfield Grange has now closed and been replaced by intermediate care beds commissioned in each of the designated private sector residential care homes.

"The therapeutic and medical services will continue at the same level of support that Highfield Grange offered." The designated residential homes are Epworth House at Thurnscoe , Thornhill House at Darfield and The Buckingham at Penistone which have each been asked to provide 10 beds available to intermediate care patients.

These beds are used for patients with a variety of therapeutic rehabilitation needs including speech therapy and physiotherapy.