20/12/2013

Sod Cut At Banbridge Health Village Development

The first sod has been cut in the development of a new £16m health and care and day care centre.

As part of Banbridge Health Village, the new Health and Care Centre will accommodate around 220 staff and provide services such as Allied Health Professional (AHP) services, a rehabilitation suite, two dental surgeries, children and young people’s services, older people’s services, specialist nursing and a promoting well-being service.

Health Minister Edwin Poots said the new centre would provide "a range of accessible, integrated services, dramatically improving health and care within the Banbridge community.

"That is the core vision of Transforming Your Care - to deliver care closer to people’s homes, reduce unnecessary hospitalisation, improve chronic disease management, early diagnosis and treatment and, ultimately, to support people to live as independently as possible," he said.

"The new day care facility for people with learning and physical disabilities is a very welcome development for individuals and their families. The facility will provide dedicated wings for 46 learning disability places and for 20 physical disability places and will complement the range of community-based day opportunities available in Banbridge."

The centre is part of the Minister's programme of health and care centre developments under the 'Transforming Your Care' programme.

Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: "I would like to thank the Minister for funding this impressive project. I would also like to acknowledge the commitment and support of Banbridge District Council and local MLAs and MPs.

"The Southern Trust is delighted that the Banbridge Health and Care Centre and Day Care Centre will complete the Banbridge Health Village development. The new build will provide our staff and service users with excellent facilities, in which we will continue to provide a wide range of local, high quality services. This means that, together with our GP colleagues, we will be able to meet the vast majority of the health and social needs of the Banbridge population on the Health Village site when the scheme is completed in Autumn 2015."

(IT)

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