Care campus is a step closer to being built

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A MULTImillion pound facility to help care for the elderly is a significant step closer.

Hampshire County Council is pressing forward with plans for a healthcare campus opposite the new Oak Park Community Clinic, in Lavant Drive, Havant.

The council has agreed to start the procurement exercise to build the facility.

The site, which is almost five acres, will include a 60-bed nursing home and 50 assisted living units for the elderly.

Havant has the second largest proportion of Hampshire’s over-65 population and this is expected to rise by 17 per cent by 2020 – from 26,500 to 31,000 people.

County leaders say the developments will provide additional capacity to meet the growing need in the area.

Councillor Anna McNair Scott, who is in charge of adult social care, said: ‘I’m pleased that these exciting plans for a health and wellbeing campus are progressing.

‘The council is modernising the way it delivers adult social care so it better meets the needs and aspirations of older people. Extra Care and re-ablement are key parts of this and offer clear benefits to service users and their relatives. People living in Extra Care developments can stay independent for longer, living in a home of their own safe in the knowledge that the care and support they need is available on site.’

The council is to spend £45m over a decade on assisted living.