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Palliative care plans for home will create 30 jobs

Written byJENNY MOODY

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A ROCESTER residential home is hoping to get the go-ahead to allow it to offer palliative care to those in vital need and create around 30 new jobs.

Barrowhill Hall Care Home has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department to ask for permission to build a detached building to form a specialist palliative care unit to support the existing care home.

The application states MOP Healthcare Limited, which owns the home, is applying to build a 24 bed specialist care facility at the back of the current home which is looking to enhance the existing care facilities.

It will look to provide a specialist unit to cater for the needs of residents who are at or close to the end of their life with care and facilities appropriate for their complex needs.

This would mean that existing residents at the home, which would otherwise be required to move to a hospital or new care home with appropriate facilities, will be able to stay in their home.

The statement added that the proposed development will ensure residents needs can be catered for at all stages of their condition in an appropriate environment.

Mike Osborne, managing director of MOP Healthcare Limited, told The Advertiser the new facility will provide around 30 jobs for nursing and ancillary staff to join the 55-strong team.

He said: “We have been in touch with St Giles Hospice and they are very supportive of the application as the area is under resourced by a long way.

“Also Andrew Griffiths, Uttoxeter MP, has given his backing to the project.

“If someone finds themselves suddenly in this situation they do not want to be moved at such a difficult time.

“This will allow the home to continue caring for person from the early stages right the way through.”

Mr Osborne added that the home is virtually invisible from the road and it is hoped the new building will have a contemporary design so that it will not stand out from the rest of the facility.

The application concludes that the development would make a positive contribution to the external appearance of the home, ensuring it remains in keeping with the principle building.

It states: “The proposed development aims to provide a much needed facility to provide the specialist accommodation of a quality appropriate for the intended use and meet the needs of the residents of the home and those within the local area.”

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