Care cen­tre ex­ten­sion work be­gins

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

A CARE cen­tre which treats peo­ple with brain in­juries has started work on a £5m ex­ten­sion.

Two years ago Hoth­field Manor care cen­tre won its bat­tle to ex­pand when Ash­ford coun­cil ap­proved the plans, against the wishes of res­i­dents.

The vil­lage feared en­larg­ing the ther­apy and treat­ment cen­tre for peo­ple with brain in­juries would be out of place in the con­ser­va­tion area and put added pres­sure on lo­cal roads.

But the coun­cil ar­gued that the fa­cil­ity could not be in a more built-up area be­cause pa­tients needed to be treated in a quiet en­vi­ron­ment.

This week the care cen­tre an­nounced the start of work on the ex­ten­sion that it says will put it at the fore­front of care for peo­ple with head in­juries.

Na­tion­wide health­care provider Hun­ter­combe says the ex­ten­sion to the ex­ist­ing manor house site, which will in­clude a new hy­drother­apy pool, has been de­signed to be sym­pa­thetic to the sur­round­ing area.

In ad­di­tion to the new pool, it will also boast a phys­io­ther­apy and oc­cu­pa­tional suite, as well as con­sult­ing rooms and two self con­tained flats to pro­mote in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

The cen­tre em­ploys 30 staff from the sur­round­ing area, as well as work­ing with vis­it­ing brain in­jury spe­cial­ists.

The new unit will be staffed by a team of nurses and ther­a­pists.

Man­ager Keith Hutchin­son said: “The new ex­ten­sion will al­low us to pro­vide thor­ough care for peo­ple with se­vere head in­juries, build­ing on both Hun­ter­combe’s and Hoth­field’s rep­u­ta­tion for treat­ing par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous neu­ro­log­i­cal trauma.

“The fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided will al­low us to help more peo­ple who have been through lifethreat­en­ing in­ci­dents to re­turn to a nor­mal life with a greater de­gree of in­de­pen­dence.”

The ex­ten­sion is ex­pected to be fin­ished in 2010.

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