Your chance to name Doddington’s newest extra care scheme

THE local community is being given the opportunity to name Doddington’s newest extra care scheme by voting for their favourite of three names.

Sanctuary Group is due to open the £9m scheme for over 55s this winter on the site of Doddington Community Hospital and, along with its partners, would like local residents’ views on what it will be called.

The three names that people are being asked to vote on are Doddington Court, Glebe House and Meridian House, chosen for their links to the local area.

Votes can be cast until Monday 9th April by visiting www.cambridgeshire.nhs.uk/Have-your-say/doddington-vote or by calling the freephone NHS PALS line on 0800 279 2535.

Once open the new scheme, which has been developed in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, will be managed by Sanctuary Care and will complement facilities already available at the hospital.

It will offer 50 one and two bedroom apartments for rent for those who are aged over 55, have a care need and either live in, or have strong connections with Doddington.

Features of the scheme, which is designed to enable its tenants to live independently for longer, will include modern communal areas, a restaurant, gym and beauty salon.

In addition, the scheme will include 10 intermediate care beds which will be used by NHS Cambridgeshire for patients who need intermediate and palliative care, minor treatment and rehabilitation.

Sanctuary Group’s Director of Care and Support, Steve Wood, said: “The aim of our extra care developments is not only to provide a real sense of community within the scheme, but for the scheme to also be part of the wider community as well.

“So we thought what better way to get local people involved than to help us name it – we’re really looking forward to seeing which choice comes out as the favourite.”