BARNSLEY Hospital’s new neonatal unit will open next month thanks to the generosity of Barnsley people.

On November 8, radio presenter Stephanie Hirst will officially open the unit four years after a massive fundraising appeal called Tiny Hearts was launched to raise £1m.

Dickie Bird will also be a guest, having donated thousands of pounds.

The new unit will provide care for babies born at 27 weeks and above. It has been relocated and redeveloped and offers a bright, welcoming and spacious environment for families and their babies.

Lead neonatal nurse Angela Whelton said: “During the 28 years I have worked on the existing neonatal unit, neonatal care has progressed dramatically. The babies we would once have struggled to save are now surviving with great outcomes, thanks to the advances in medical care.

“This new unit is bringing our environment into the 21st century. The hospital has invested a large amount of money to make this happen but none of it would be possible without the generosity of the people of Barnsley.”