Jacqui Van Rossum, Executive Director, London, welcomed Redbridge Councillor Neil Zammett and members of Healthwatch Redbridge to view the newly developed Meadow Court (Goodmayes site).
Integrated Care Director Caroline O’Donnell, Acute and Rehab Directorate, gave our visitors a tour of the building showcasing the benefits of the new site and allowing Councillor Zammett to see and hear about the clinical benefits, benefits for patients, and the practical reasons for this plan.
Following the successful transfer of NELFT stroke beds to Meadow Court in 2018, and the opportunity to utilise further space at Meadow Court, NELFT sought agreement with partners BHRUT and BHR CCGs to also move the intermediate care wards, Foxglove and Japonica, currently based at King George’s Hospital, to the Meadow Court site.
The rehabilitation hub currently situated in Jasmine ward will also be co-located with the adult stroke rehabilitation services at the new site. This means that patients will benefit from a single point of access provision for rehabilitation services along with rehabilitation expertise within one site, access to outside space, single en-suite rooms and dedicated therapy and social space. As a result of feedback from current patients, these new wards will be named Poppy and Lily.
Caroline O’Donnell said “this invite was to thank Councillor Zammett for his support and acknowledgment of what was needed in terms of improvement for our patients”
Debbie Feetham, Assistant Director of Intermediate Care, ARD, answered questions around outdoor space, the gym and also the kitchen area, which will be used for replicating the home environment to help those on their journey to recovery.
Of his visit, Councillor Zammett said “I am impressed, I have to say the site is really improved and a really good opportunity to integrate services. This has been a very enjoyable and personally informative experience.”
Photo l-r: Jacqui Van Rossum, Executive Director, London - NELFT; Anne Bertrand, Healthwatch Redbridge; Jilly Szymanski, Scrutiny Co-ordinator - LBR; Debbie Feetham, Assistant Director of Intermediate Care - NELFT, Acute Rehabilitation Directorate; Neil Zammett, Councillor for Redbridge; Siletheni Sibanda, Ward Manager, Stroke Inpatients Rehabilitation Service - NELFT; Beverley Hoyte, Project Manager - NELFT; Caroline O’Donnell, Integrated Care Director ARD - NELFT.