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Designs for hospital rehab centre unveiled

The initial designs for a new rehabilitation unit that will transform the care of people recovering from serious illness or injury in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have been unveiled.

The proposed layout and design of the rehabilitation centre, which is due to open at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough early next summer, was presented at a meeting of GP health commissioners in Doncaster.

The artist’s impressions of the centre – which is being designed and project managed by Capita Symonds - depict a bright, welcoming and homely environment more like a boutique hotel than a traditional hospital unit.  Patients will be able to make drinks and cook meals for themselves in a spacious kitchen-diner as part of their therapy.  They will be cared for by a dedicated team of specialist doctors, nurses and therapists working seven days a week to helppatients regain their independence and confidence.

The centre, which will care for people recovering fromaccidents and medical conditions including stroke, broken hips and amputations, will be colour-themed in different areas to make it easier for visually-impaired patients or those with dementia to find their way around.

Tom Myers of Capita Symonds, Project Manager of the construction project for the NHS, said: “The centre will be designed so the physical environment aids clinicians in delivering rehabilitative care.  The plans include a domestic home style staircase and a courtyard with varied paving styles to help people re-learn the ability to walk on different surfaces. The design team’s brief was to create an environment that is non-clinical and pleasing, which will help lift spirits and motivate patients.”