SOD CUTTING MARKS START OF NEW REHABILITATION UNIT AT ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA HOSPITAL
The centre, which is one of ten ‘centres of excellence’ in the country, provides support to meet the complex needs of patients with acquired brain injuries.
Glen Burley, Chief Executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is really a memorable day for the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital. The team has worked so hard to bring us to this point and this development programme is really a credit to their hard work and dedication to ensuring our patients receive the best possible care and support.”
Enabling works have been taking place to make room for the new rehab ward and healthcare facilities, which are being built by building contractor Speller Metcalfe to increase patient capacity by 25 per cent and bring facilities in line with current dignity standards.
Tony Shaw, Managing Director for Speller Metcalfe Malvern said: “This unit isn’t just another building, it is a high level care facility that will meet the already excellent level of service in place for patients with acquired brain injuries.
“Speller Metcalfe is proud to be part of such a project, and know that for every extra bed we make available another life will be turned around.”
The two storey state-of-the-art facility on Heathcote Lane will be a highly sustainable development and is hoped to provide a model for future healthcare services in South Warwickshire and other NHS providers across the country.
Energy and cost saving measures have been put in place, with features being implemented including solar panels, a ground source heat pump which absorbs heat from the earth and a heat recovery ventilation system that recovers warm air leaving the building to heat the cool, fresh air coming in – all of which contribute to cost savings on central heating and cooling measures.
A fundraising appeal for the project is aiming to raise £235,000 towards the cost of the £2.5m unit.