September the 8th, 2009
One of Rotherham's most prominent and best loved old buildings is facing an uncertain future. The Doncaster Gate Hospital has become surplus to the needs of the health service following the opening of the new community health centre at Greasbrough Road.
Many thousands of Rotherham folk have been associated with the hospital, as individuals or through family connections, during its 136-year history and we are working, along with other organisations concerned with the local heritage, to ensure that the essential historic features of the building are saved.
Assurances have been given by the primary care trust and the local authority that a design guide will be produced to safeguard the frontage and core of the old building in any future I~d~yelop_megt._W e suggested more than six months ago that the council should consider acquiring the building and using it for various purposes within the scope of the museum service, which is always short of space.
At the very least, we said, it could provide storage facilities out of range of the floods which, in 2007, damaged 40,000 items stored in the town centre. It might also be possible to adapt some rooms for display purposes and reduce the number of items which members of the public never see.