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MP hails pioneering Haltwhistle scheme

Friday, 04 July, 2014
MP hails pioneering Haltwhistle scheme

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has praised progress on the new integrated health and social care scheme in Haltwhistle after visiting the site.

Mr Opperman toured the site of the former Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital where Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council’s development is being built.

When complete, the scheme will be one of the first facilities of its kind in the country to provide hospital and social care support under one roof. It will have 12 extra-care flats on the ground floor and 15 hospital beds providing rehabilitation support and care for elderly patients on the first floor.

Building work on the £4.6million development is on track to be completed early next year with patients and tenants expected to move in by spring.

Mr Opperman said: “I was pleased to visit the Haltwhistle site and was very impressed with the progress that has been made. It is fantastic that in a few months’ time the facility will be ready to welcome patients and tenants.

“It is such an honour to have a scheme here in Haltwhistle that is leading the way for integrated care as one of the first facilities of its kind in the country to have health and social care services together in the same building.

“The pioneering scheme will be an excellent asset for the local community and I look forward to its completion.”

Dr Derek Thomson, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Haltwhistle GP, said: “We were pleased to welcome Guy Opperman to the site to see how our health and social care scheme is advancing well.

“The development is a result of many years’ of close partnership working between Northumbria Healthcare and Northumberland County Council which will bring many benefits to the local community.”

Councillor Susan Dungworth, policy board member responsible for adult care at Northumberland County Council, said: “I am particularly pleased with the way in which the council and Northumbria Healthcare have worked together over the last few years on this scheme and it is something I know we will all be very proud of when it opens next year.

“The facility is the first to be undertaken in Northumberland and illustrates the way forward for adult social care. I welcome Guy Opperman’s visit and his recognition that it will be an asset to the town.”

Hospital services previously provided from Haltwhistle are based at Hexham General Hospital while building takes place.

When patients move into the new state-of-the-art facility they will be cared for in seven single ensuite 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.