South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care
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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.
The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.
South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.
The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.
A separate entrance to the hub is planned which will enable it to be regarded as a ‘stand alone’ facility but with the convenience of having hospital services close by. The new hub is expected to be open in early 2016.
Martin Swales, chief executive of South Tyneside Council said the hub was a major part of the Council’s response to the borough’s ageing population and increasing numbers of people with dementia.
“As one of just 14 Health Pioneers across the country we are fully committed to doing all we can to integrate care provision in the borough and to make every contact a health improvement contact,” said Mr Swales.
“We know that here in South Tyneside there will be a 50% in dementia across all ages by 2030 and a 138% increase among people over 90.
“This new hub is about making sure we have the services and facilities to meet that growing need as well as improving the range of services we can provide to older people and their families.
“As far as we understand it, this will be the biggest facility of its kind in the country. We are leading the way to break down barriers and create a new care system. We will continue to be at the forefront as Health Pioneers to bring about positive change.”
The new facility has been designed to offer integrated services with older people and their families able to access every type of support from one place. The hub will provide information and advice to older people and their carers, space for pre-bookable respite care and help to use technological aids to support independent living.
There will also be rooms for medical consultations and assessments of people’s needs. The focus of the new hub is to improve the wellbeing of older people, especially those with dementia, and offer them as much support as possible to enable them to live independently in their community, with appropriate support, for as long as possible.