An extra care scheme in Doddington has been provided with a range of medical equipment following £6,000 of community donations.
Fundraising efforts have been made by Dr Shields and Doddington campaigner Reg Wenn, both of whom made the case with Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group for the Doddington Court scheme to be built and more recently led local fundraising efforts for the equipment.
The intermediate care unit run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust in partnership with Sanctuary Home Care’s Doddington Court Extra Care has received two profiling hospital beds, a heavy duty hoist, four chairs, plus additional rehabilitation and physiotherapy items.
Reg said: “We’ve campaigned for this building and its facilities for a long time, so it’s a pleasure to see the icing on the cake, which took a decade to reach – now the job is done.”
Extra care manager Julie Booker said: “The equipment donated to Doddington Court will support people using our intermediate care facilities. We’re extremely grateful to both Mr Wenn and Dr Shields for working to raise funds locally.”
Judy Dance, Head of Nursing (Planned Care), Ely and the Fens, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “The donation is good news for patients on the intermediate care unit, because it will enhance the service provided by the Trust in partnership with Sanctuary.”
Dr Shields added: “This donation marks the end of a long campaign to have care closer to home for March and Chatteris patients. We want local people to know it is available and this equipment removes one of the obstacles preventing its full use.”
Dr Shields and Mr Wenn have both worked alongside a number of prominent local campaigners including Peter Beckwith, who passed away earlier this year.
Doddington Court’s nine intermediate care suites, which sit alongside the scheme’s 50 extra care apartments, provide self-contained flats for people leaving hospital or recovering from a serious illness.
Its 50 en suite extra care apartments provide independent living for people over the age of 60 with a strong connection to the area, offering as little or as much care as needed.