The Peter Gidney Neurological Centre in Darenth this week marked the addition of a new 10-room wing, with the opening ceremony performed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford, Councillor David and Mrs Ellen Mote, and attended by patients, relatives, health professionals from local CCGs and hospital trusts and the centre’s care team.
The purpose-built centre cares for adults with brain injury and neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, spinal injury, Huntington’s Disease and acquired brain injury, and the expansion of the specialist facility takes it to 35 beds in total.
During the event visitors took part in a tour of the facility, meeting patients and learning more about the care and rehabilitation the service offers. They also spoke to residents and their families at the adjacent Beechcare home, which provides residential, nursing and specialist residential care.
Lewis Chester, Peter Gidney Neurological Centre Manager said:
“We pride ourselves on providing long-term person-centred care and support to people with neurological conditions and brain injury from the local area as well as further afield. This important expansion will allow us to offer a home to more people who are in need of dedicated and individualised care and rehabilitation.”
Grant Clarke, who has been a patient at the Peter Gidney Centre for the past 6 months, made a short, emotional speech and thanked the care team for ‘making him feel human again’.
Grant’s mother, Maureen Clarke, added:
"We have found our haven. I'm a retired nurse and I can't praise enough the way all the carers and staff go about their job. The standards are very high.
"As a relative I feel supported too. All the residents here are treated as individuals and encouraged to be individuals. We're very lucky."
Fiona Williams, Four Seasons Managing Director for the South of England said:
“The Peter Gidney Neurological Unit has a well-deserved reputation for high quality care and an empathetic person-centred approach, marrying formal therapy with meaningful and enjoyable activities.
“We are delighted to see the service expand so more residents can benefit from its services, and it was great to have the opportunity to showcase the new facility to health professionals and other visitors at our opening event.”
On opening the centre the Mayor of Dartford, Councillor David Mote said:
“We thought we knew Dartford well, but as Mayor and Mayoress we are constantly discovering new and very special places in our local area and the Peter Gidney Neurological Centre clearly falls into that category.
“It was a pleasure to visit the centre today, to meet residents and hear in their own words how the excellent facilities and high standards of care are helping them to live life as fully as possible. We wish everyone at the centre well and congratulate all involved on the expansion of this facility.”
Date published: 8 March 2019
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