On Friday 22 November 2019, Caroline O’Donnell, integrated care director, NELFT and colleagues welcomed partners from across the patch, including Sharon Morrow, Chief operating officer, Barking and Dagenham CCG to the newly refurbished Meadow Court.
Meadow Court was identified as offering suitable facilities on the King George Hospital site back in 2018, following work with BHR CCGs, and began with the relocation of stroke beds from Grays Court in Dagenham to Meadow Court.
Following the successful transfer of these beds and the opportunity to utilise further space at Meadow Court, NELFT sought agreement with partners to move the NELFT intermediate care wards, Foxglove and Japonica that were based at King George’s Hospital, to the Meadow Court site. Now co-located, patients experience the offer of a single point of access provision for rehab services along with rehabilitation expertise, a large outdoor space and single en-suite rooms alongside dedicated therapy and social space.
The guests were given a tour of the building and the benefits and of the new site were showcased, vice chair of Redbridge CCG Ali Khalil, was very impressed with what he saw, including the staff “I have never seen so many smiling faces” and Redbrige Councillor Neil Zammett describing the facility as “excellent”.
Debbie Feetham, assistant director of intermediate care, ARD, answered questions and listened to feedback from the group, which included Cathy Turland, lead officer, Redbridge Healthwatch.
Caroline O’Donnell said “I would like to thank those who gave their time to attend and for their support and wonderful feedback around the improvements we have made for those we care for.”