Care centre extension work begins
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.