Health centre to get £1.3m of improvement works

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A CENTRE which helps people with learning disabilities is set to get a £1.3 million makeover.

Sapphire Lodge in Balby provides a specialist inpatient service, with an assessment and treatment service to help people with a profound learning disability, who may also have mental health needs.

The centre is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, who have recently held a consultation event with service users, carers, commissioners and staff to view the plans, ask questions and make comments on the proposed £1.3m development.

Plans include the development of a visitors’ suite, vulnerable person’s suite and gender-specific communal areas to enhance the single, en-suite accommodation that the unit already offers.

Assistant director for learning disabilities services Chris Williams said: “RDaSH is committed to providing high quality services and accommodation, which are tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of those who use them.

“These plans are designed to improve the physical environment for service users and further enhance their privacy and dignity.”

“The consultation day was a great success. Trust staff were on hand to talk through the plans and answer questions. We also provided the written information in ‘easy read’ format to make sure it was fully accessible for our service users.

“We received lots of positive feedback from the event, which will now be used to inform the project going forward.”