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Topping out at Heathlands Health and Care home

Woman in hard hat laying a brick with a trowel in front of a group of people.

Work on the new Heathlands Integrated Health and Care home reached a major milestone this week, as the last beam was put into place as part of the building’s topping out ceremony.

The topping out celebration marked the next step in the redevelopment of the former Heathlands care home, which will see the new 66-bed specialist care facility offer a safe and secure environment for people with dementia or patients transitioning from hospital to their home.

Mayor of the borough of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Ms Ash Merry, joined Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing and representatives from the council, Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group (CGG) and Stepnell for the ceremony on Thursday, 27 May.

Cllr Birch said:

“It was a privilege to be part of this topping out ceremony, which brings us one step closer to opening the doors of this fantastic new integrated health and care centre to patients. 

“Once open, the facility will offer a safe haven to patients at a time when they are perhaps feeling at their most vulnerable. It will offer tailored care to people with dementia and help ease the transition for patients between hospital back to their own homes.

“I’d like to offer my thanks to everyone who has continued to work tirelessly despite the pandemic, to ensure this project comes to fruition. The services at the centre will make such a difference to so many lives in our community. I look forward to seeing the work progress in the coming months.”

Fiona Slevin-Brown, Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Executive Managing Director for Bracknell Forest, continued:

“It is great to see progress being made towards the opening of Heathlands Health and Care home development despite the pandemic. 

“I would like to thank Frimley Heath Foundation Trust, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Bracknell Forest Council colleagues, the CCG’s team and our local GP services who have been working together to ensure  we are ready to deliver high quality joined up care for our residents when the service opens later this winter.” 

Rob Speirs, Regional Director at Stepnell said:

“We are really excited to reach this significant milestone in the delivery of this much-needed care home, which will help to provide high-standard care facilities to support the specialist needs of elderly people and those with dementia in the Bracknell community. 

“This is a fantastic achievement for all involved, especially given the challenging weather we faced earlier this year and, of course, the challenges from the pandemic. We have worked hard to follow strict health and safety measures throughout to ensure we could stay on site to continue construction on this high-quality scheme without any delays. We are really looking forward to seeing the completed build this winter.” 

The re-development of Heathlands Integrated Health and Care Home has been made possible through a partnership with Bracknell Forest Council and the CCG. Construction work is being undertaken by Stepnell. The re-development is due to be completed and expected to open this coming winter.