Plans to build an extension to Kettering General Hospital have moved a step closer.
Bosses want to build an Urgent Care Hub to include an extension to A and E and a number of community facilities.
A bid to create an outline business case for the proposals has been approved by the health regulator NHS Improvement.
Meanwhile the organisation`s also given the go ahead for a new assessment unit at Northampton General Hospital.
The two-storey 60-bed building will be built in the A and E car park and will be used for emergency patients who need further assessment and treatment there.