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Plans for health and social care scheme given green light

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Plans for health and social care scheme given green light

Plans to greatly improve health and social care in Haltwhistle have been given the go-ahead.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council’s planning application for an integrated health and social care scheme was approved by the council’s planning and environment committee last night.

The new facility will be built on the site of the existing Haltwhistle War Memorial on Westgate and will provide hospital and extra care services, the latter to offer social care following closure of the residential care service previously delivered at Greenholme.

There will be 12 extra care flats with support for tenants on the ground floor and 15 hospital beds providing rehabilitation, a minor injuries unit and physiotherapy and occupational therapy facilities on the first floor.

The scheme is part of the Trust’s £200million investment to improve health and social care for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The decision follows two sets of community engagement last year.

Brian Griggs, director of capital planning and development at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that councillors have supported the development and the application has been approved. This is excellent news for the community.

“This scheme is a key part of our £200million investment and will greatly improve health and social care provision in the town.

“We are pleased that the final plans took into account the views of the community and we look forward to bringing the project to fruition.”

Councillor Ian Lindley, executive member for health and wellbeing at Northumberland County Council, said: “A lot of work has gone into developing a facility which was wanted and needed by the people of Haltwhistle and I am pleased to see it being given the green light.

“This scheme provides a modern approach to health and wellbeing services and aims to help keep our vulnerable people within their own community.”

The approval was welcomed by Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham.

He said: “I am delighted that this has been approved. The new facility will really improve services for people living in the Haltwhistle area. When it is built it will be the completion of many peoples’ dreams and hopes for health and social care in the area.”

The scheme aims to promote the welfare and independence of people with a long-term health condition or disability, particularly older people.

During construction, inpatient services currently provided at Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital will transfer to Hexham General Hospital.

The staff from Haltwhistle will continue to provide these services and the building work is expected to take about a year.

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For more information, please contact Jaclyn Curry, media and communications officer, on 0191 203 1654 or 07833 046680. More news stories at: www.northumbria.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

The consent is subject to the conclusion of further local consultation with regards to the site boundary.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust covers one of the largest geographical areas in the country, providing hospital and community services in North Tyneside and hospital, community and adult social care services in Northumberland.

The Trust is investing £200million over the next ten years to significantly improve healthcare in North Tyneside and Northumberland. This includes building a state-of-the-art specialist emergency care hospital – believed to be the first of its kind in the country – near Cramlington, improving services and facilities at Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals and rebuilding Berwick and Haltwhistle community hospitals. 

Northumbria Healthcare is a top performing Trust with a strong financial track record and a budget of over £400million. 

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