Foundation stone marks next stage of Haltwhistle scheme
The foundation stone for the new integrated health and social care scheme in Haltwhistle was laid today (Monday 16 September) by the partners behind the £4.6million development.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council’s purpose-built facility will open early next year and will be one of the first facilities of its kind in the country to provide hospital and social care support under one roof.
Dr Graham Ridley, retired Haltwhistle GP and public governor at Northumbria Healthcare, and Councillor Susan Dungworth, policy board member for adult care and public health at Northumberland County Council, laid the stone to mark the next stage of the development.
The event comes as the partners announce the engagement sessions to give the local community the opportunity to give their views on a name for the extra-care flats and the hospital. These will take place in Haltwhistle Library on Tuesday 1 October from 2pm to 7pm and Thursday 3 October from 10am to 4pm.
For over ten years, Northumbria Healthcare has been working in close partnership with Northumberland County Council to develop fully joined-up ways of working to ensure seamless health and social care for people in the county.
The Haltwhistle scheme will have 12 extra-care flats with support for tenants on the ground floor, to replace the residential care service previously delivered at Greenholme, and 15 hospital beds on the first floor to provide rehabilitation support and care for elderly patients.
Dr Ridley said: “It was an honour to be involved in laying the foundation stone for the new health and social care scheme in Haltwhistle.
“Having been involved in healthcare in the community for 30 years, I know how much this facility means to local people and to have health and social care services together in one place is excellent news for residents.
“I very much look forward to this facility being open.”
Councillor Dungworth, said: “I am very pleased to be so closely involved in this stone laying event – marking a key step in bringing this excellent scheme to fruition.
“When the town’s residential care home closed down we gave a commitment to develop a new facility. The resulting scheme will offer local older people who need support an opportunity to stay in their home town rather than moving into a care home outside the area.”
Daljit Lally, director of community services at Northumbria Healthcare and director of adult services and housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “We have engaged with the community throughout the process of developing a health and social scheme in Haltwhistle and we really want local people to be involved in giving the facility a name.
“As everyone knows, a name is extremely important and we would really like local people to influence that. This is the community’s opportunity to have a say and we would encourage local people to come along to the sessions and give their views.”
People not able to attend the sessions will be able to give their views by contacting Northumbria Healthcare’s foundation team on 0191 203 1296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
While building takes place, services previously delivered at Haltwhistle hospital are provided from Hexham General Hospital.