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Planners say yes to health and care facility at Heathlands

infogrpahic of house plans with the word approved stamped across

Planning permission for the new Heathlands integrated health and care home has been approved, after no objections to the proposals were received.

The redevelopment of the site, led by Bracknell Forest Council and funded in partnership with NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will see a new 66 bed care home on the former Heathlands Care Home site.

The new development will provide a welcoming home for people with dementia, as well as provide shorter term intermediate care for people who require additional support when they become unwell or following a stay in hospital.

Preliminary work is scheduled to start before March 2020, with the main work to develop the site scheduled to begin in spring 2020. The completed care home is anticipated to be fully operational and ready to welcome patients by autumn 2021.

Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:

“I’m delighted that the proposals for the redevelopment of the Heathlands Care Home have reached this milestone. Work to progress this much needed facility can now continue in earnest.

“Once fully operational, this joint NHS and council funded facility will provide specialist care for patients suffering with dementia or transitioning from leaving hospital. It will offer respite care to those who need it most, in a safe, clean and professional environment.”

Fiona Slevin-Brown, East Berkshire CCG’s Executive Managing Director for Bracknell Forest, said:

“We are very excited to be working with council colleagues on the redevelopment of the Heathlands Care Home, which will enable the improved quality of care services available for our local residents.”

The council’s executive is expected to approve the appointment of the contractor for preliminary and main redevelopment work and give updates on the business model, provider and funding from the NHS, when they meet on Tuesday, 11 February.