September 16, 2008

Digging in for Greater Health Care

JUST what the doctor ordered!

After five years of intense planning, consulting and processing, construction work is finally getting under way on a new multi- million pound health and social care facility in South Bank.

The Low Grange Health Village, next to the library on Normanby Road, is a pounds 17m health and social care scheme for the Greater Eston area.

The first phase of the development - the health village itself - is a tie-in between Redcar and Cleveland Primary Care Trust and specialist health premises developer Ettrick Health. Planned to open in April 2010, it will include four GP practices, pharmacy, ophthalmology and dentistry services and a new library and information centre.

Phase two - the residential care element - is a partnership between Redcar and Cleveland Council and Ettrick Health and will provide residential, nursing and specialist care for the elderly, and for disabled young people.

Work will start once the health village is completed.

It is due to open by March 2011.

Planning for the health village scheme started five years ago and has undergone a number of different transitions to achieve the final design.

Redcar MP Vera Baird performed the ground-breaking ceremony - just as she did in June for Redcar's proposed new pounds 17m hospital.

She said "This sort of investment in new health facilities is exactly the direction we should be heading in - a broad spectrum of services, at the heart of the community."

Colin McLeod, Chief Executive of Redcar and Cleveland PCT, said it was the "culmination of years of hard work by PCT staff and colleagues".

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