South Tyneside’s new £9 million centre of excellence for older people officially has a name.
The new integrated care services hub, which is being built in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, is to be called Haven Court. The building, which is being created by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of South Tyneside Council, is due to be open next year. The winning name was selected by a panel including trust chief executive Steve Williamson and Coun Mary Butler, the council’s lead member for adult social care and support services. It was submitted by trust employee Suzan Craven, who will be invited to attend the official opening of the facility, which is seen by the council as a major part of its response to the borough’s ageing population and increasing numbers of people with dementia. Mr Williamson said: “I would like to thank everyone who submitted names for consideration. We had a fantastic response, which demonstrated that people are already taking pride in what will be a wonderful addition to the borough’s older people’s services. Several people suggested ‘haven’ in the name so, in the end, we had to put their names in a hat and draw a winner.” Mrs Craven, who works in administration with the Trust’s health visiting service, said: “I thought of the name because it represents somewhere peaceful and safe.”