Doddington Court, a new “extra care” scheme catering for older people in Fenland, was officially opened on June 25 with a celebration that brought together tenants, relatives and friends and representatives of the partnership behind the £8 million development.
The gleaming new building on the site of Doddington Hospital offers 50 one-and two-bedroom apartments for people aged over 60 who need some care and support. It also has nine other flats or NHS patients who need intermediate care, minor treatment and rehabilitation.
Other communal facilities include peaceful gardens, a restaurant, lounges, a fitness studio and a library.
It has been developed by the Sanctuary Group in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
FDC played a key role in helping to secure £4 million from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency. It has also smoothed the path through the planning process and helped to coordinate the way that accommodation is allocated.
Extra care services provided on site enable tenants to remain independent in their own flats with appropriate levels of care and support.
Councillor Ralph Butcher, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for health, was among those given a guided tour of the building following the official opening by Andrew Pugh, the Mayor of March, and Andrew Wright, development director of the Sanctuary Group.
Cllr Butcher said: “I’m tremendously impressed by everything I’ve seen here today. It reminds me
of a five-star hotel. The rooms are beautiful, with some terrific views, and all the other facilities help to create a real sense of community.
“It’s a fantastic vision and we’re delighted to have worked closely with health and housing partners to bring it into being. Offering this sort of high quality and affordable accommodation for our older residents, linked into vital health services, helps keep people out of hospital and retain their independence and quality of life. It also plays a vital part in meeting local housing needs.”
Councillor Fred Yeulett, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, said: “By working with our partners we have been able to make the best use of the resources available to each of us to create this new high quality extra care accommodation. It is another example of our commitment to providing services and support to older people in our community.”
Pictured: Andrew Pugh, the Mayor of March (left) with Sanctuary’s Andrew Wright and Fenland District Councillor Ralph Butcher outside Doddington Court