WORK has now started on a new £9m state-of-the-art dementia centre for South Tyneside.
Images of what the Integrated Care Services Hub, being built within the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, is expected to look like have been released as the contractor leading the project has been named.
Work on the hub started this week with the first patients expected to arrive late spring 2016.
The centre will incorporate 80 beds, with about 30 people living on the site. Other beds will be used for those needing short breaks when carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home and there will also be rooms for medical consultations and assessments of people’s needs.
The hub will bring together a range of services under one roof, to make access to information, support and services easier. It will offer support to enable older people with dementia to live as independently as possible in their community, for as long as possible, providing information and advice to them and their carers, as well as help to use technological aids to support independent living.
Robertson, the infrastructure, construction and support services group, has been selected by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust to bring the centre to life. The appointment will create 75 jobs with the company committed to using local labour and materials. Andy McLeod, managing director for Robertson Construction England, said: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen to continue the redevelopment of healthcare services for the people of South Tyneside.
“The new Integrated Care Services Hub will bring a range of services under one roof for the first time.”
Steve Williamson, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer, said: “This is a very exciting project for us but, most importantly of course, for the people of South Tyneside and we are very pleased indeed to have appointed Robertson.
“Working with them, we can now forge ahead with realising our joint vision with the council of a centre of excellence providing joined-up care for a growing ageing population and increasing numbers of people with dementia.”
Coun Mary Butler, lead member for adult social care and support services, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Robertson to help us deliver this innovative facility which will enable us to provide high quality support for older people, particularly those with dementia.
“By providing a range of support in this state-of the-art centre, we will be able to offer better integrated care and support for older people, their families and carers and help them to live longer in the community and enhance their quality of life.”
The trust has appointed P+HS Architects to work on the design of the building.