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Supporting people to keep their independence

 

The new £1.2 million Assisted Living Centre has opened its doors to patients and the public at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby.

The centre will provide advice and information for people who require equipment and support at home to be able to maintain their independence.

The centre is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm (with last entry at 5.30pm), and Saturday’s 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).

People will be able to get advice on a range of equipment available to help them at home including wheelchairs, hoists, walking frames and even home adaptations including stair lifts.

The centre is also the new home for the existing community equipment store, where many of these items are loaned out from. It has a demonstration area featuring a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lounge, where people can see how equipment that could help them at home works. There are also clinic rooms, a wheelchair services workshop and a podiatry lab on-site as well.

Clare Rockall, therapy services manager at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), said: "This new centre gives us a fantastic opportunity to house all of our equipment services under one roof. Members of the public can are welcome to come to the new purpose-built facility to find out what types of equipment we have available and what they are eligible for. It will enable us to help more patients stay at home by helping them maintain their independence."

An additional eight members of staff have been recruited for the new centre which is a joint project between NLaG and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Helen Kenyon, deputy chief executive, North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:  “This is a wonderful initiative. Clients, carers and members of the community now have the opportunity to get advice, information and demonstrations on a comprehensive range of equipment, all under one roof.

“The facility will provide clients with an improved service that offers greater choice and control in how to meet their needs via the use of equipment.”

Local patients have been involved with the design of the new centre and have had a say on what they would like to see on offer through a steering group.

The new service is based in the former Kingsley Grove and sexual health services site.

Parking spaces are available for patients and visitors to the centre and are directly outside the building.

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