Proposals offering enhanced services at Surrey's community hospitals have been welcomed by a local council leader.
NHS Surrey announced last week that it was considering changes in Woking, Caterham Dene, Farnham and Haslemere to tackle a deficit this year of £125m.
Under the proposals they would offer 24/7 consultant led in-patient care with urgent treatment centres and point of care testing among new services.
Robert Knowles of Waverley Council said they would greatly benefit patients.
"I believe the proposal will be especially beneficial to our rural borough which is located in the south of the county and is a place where patients can often find themselves facing a long journey to reach acute hospitals," he said.
"The suggestion will benefit not only patients in Surrey but in Hampshire and West Sussex also, and must be a welcome proposal."
The community hospitals in Farnham and Haslemere fall under Waverley Borough Council.
Mr Knowles added: "I am very pleased to learn that Surrey NHS is considering upgrading our community hospitals.
"Whilst I understand that no decision has yet been made and consultation will take place, I fully support the idea, which will be of great benefit to patients."