Residents’ first look at Haltwhistle health and social care scheme
People in Haltwhistle got the chance to see inside the town’s new £4.6million integrated health and social care facility at an open event today (Wednesday May 7).
Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust gave the community the opportunity to look around Greenholme Court and Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital at a drop-in event. More than 400 members of the public attended.
The pioneering purpose-built scheme will be one of the first facilities of its kind in the country to provide hospital and social care support under one roof.
The open event followed the handover of the building from the contractors to the two organisations, enabling them to prepare the development for residents and patients.
The facility has 12 extra-care flats on the ground floor called Greenholme Court, managed by Homes for Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council.
It also has 15 hospital beds providing rehabilitation support and care for elderly patients, delivered by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, on the first floor called Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital.
Daljit Lally, executive director of well-being and community health services at Northumberland County Council, said: “This scheme is the result of a partnership between three public sector organisations and the community in Haltwhistle.
“The local community has been telling us for many years that it wanted to see an integrated service providing health and social care for older people in the town. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to turning that aspiration into reality.
“Next month, the first residents will be moving into the extra-care flats in this unique scheme and the new hospital will be opening with patients moving in at the same time.
“The community room will also enable a range of activities for people from the community, making the scheme a hub for local residents. I am confident that this scheme will be a major asset to the town.”
Dr Derek Thomson, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Haltwhistle GP, said: “Having involved the community throughout the development of this project we were very keen to give local people the chance to have a look inside the building before it is occupied by residents and patients.
“We are delighted that people took the time to come along and see the fantastic facilities we have in the town.
“The purpose-built scheme is leading the way in the provision of health and social care in the country and we all look forward to it opening and benefitting local people.”
Over the next few weeks the two organisations will make final arrangements to ensure that residents are able to move into the extra-care flats and patients and staff are able to return from Hexham General Hospital.