£9million South Tyne health hub to open this year

This year will see the opening of a new £9million hub for older people in South Tyneside.

The Integrated Care Services Hub, which will deliver a wide range of support and services for the Borough’s ageing population – particularly those with dementia – is on schedule to be completed in late spring with services being offered from early summer.

The facility is being built by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

Based in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, the Hub will provide residential, rehabilitation and respite care as well as information and advice to older people and their carers. A key focus of the facility will be on enabling older people to live independently, with appropriate support.

Features will include “memory boxes” – to help people find their rooms and stimulate memory and door viewers to allow a discreet method to view and be viewed by staff, providing a safe and secure environment. Colour schemes will help people find their way around and support independent living.

Councillor Mary Butler, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Support Services, said: “It is wonderful to see this project come to life before our eyes. I’m delighted that the Hub is on track to be completed on schedule because this innovative facility will really enhance the lives of our older residents, their families and their carers.”

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Steve Williamson said: “We are very proud to be in the position of providing the Borough with what will be a centre of excellence for the future care and support of older people.”

“I am delighted that construction work on this exciting development has so far gone according to schedule and we are very much looking forward to the time later this year when services in this fantastic facility will come on stream.”