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Haltwhistle integrated scheme names announced

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Haltwhistle integrated scheme names announced

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council have announced the names for the Haltwhistle integrated health and social care scheme, taking into account the views of the local community.

The hospital part of the development will be called Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital and the extra-care flats will be named Greenholme Court.

Both names maintain the history associated with the previous hospital and the services provided from the former Greenholme residential care home which the new extra-care flats are replacing.

The announcement follows engagement sessions held in the town in October where local people were given the opportunity to have their say on names for the hospital and the extra-care flats.

The £4.6million development will be one of the first facilities of its kind in the country to provide hospital and social care support under one roof when it opens next year.

It will have 12 extra-care flats on the ground floor, managed by the council, and 15 hospital beds providing rehabilitation support and care for elderly patients, delivered by Northumbria Healthcare, on the first floor.

Dr Derek Thomson, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Haltwhistle GP, said: “We are very grateful that people in Haltwhistle took the time to have their say on the names for the facility and we are pleased that we can announce the names.

“Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital has been part of the community for such a long time and while the facilities in the new scheme will be much improved, people were very keen to retain the name and its history.”

Councillor Susan Dungworth, policy board member responsible for adult care at Northumberland County Council, said: “We would like to thank everyone who gave us their views on a name for the extra-care flats.

“As was the case with the name for the hospital, the local community was keen to retain an historical element for the name of the extra-care flats and the link to the former residential home at Greenholme.”

At the engagement sessions, Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital and Haltwhistle Community Hospital were the options put forward for the hospital.

The options for the 12 extra-care flats were Greenholme Mews or Court, Stanegate Mews or Court or Hautwesel Mews or Court.

The community was also invited to suggest other names for both the hospital and the extra-care flats.

While the building work is taking place, hospital services previously provided from Haltwhistle are based at Hexham General Hospital.

When patients move into the new state-of-the-art facility they will be cared for in seven single en-suite rooms and two spacious male and female bays of four beds providing the utmost privacy and dignity. The hospital will also have special facilities to care for any bariatric patients.