A HEBBURN councillor has welcomed an extension at a town care home.
A further 22 bedrooms have been added to the Windsor Nursing Home in Victoria Road East, run by Hebburn GP Dr Indira Paul Vinayak.
Coun John McCabe, a Labour councillor for the Hebburn South ward, formally opened the extension with Stephen Hepburn, his party’s Parliamentary candidate for Jarrow at next week’s general election.
He said: “It’s like a five-star hotel. In addition to bringing employment to the area, the extension is meeting a vital need.
“Latest research shows that 18 per cent of the borough’s 148,000 population is over 65 and 24 per cent is over 60. That’s the demographic.
“People are living longer, and we need facilities such as this to meet that reality, ease pressure on adult social care and tackle the issue of bed-blocking in the NHS.”
The extension required the demolition of the remnants of the former Greenfields Special School. The school closed its doors in 2012 as part of a shake-up of special education across the borough.
Also standing for Parliament in Jarrow are Stan Collins (Liberal Democrat), Steve Harrison (UKIP) Nick Mason (Conservative) and David Herbert (Green).