The proposals for a new £25.8 million intermediate care facility on Lockton Lane will replace and extend the current provision across multiple sites in the town.
Intermediate care is a free short-term service where patients receive intensive support from a range of professionals, either in a bed-based facility or via community services, to help them recover from illness or injury and regain their independence so that they can live safely at home for as long as possible, without the need for long-term care.
A report to members outlined the purpose, rationale, benefits and proposal for the provision of a new intermediate care facility for Warrington. The report put forward the preferred option for a new facility on the former school site, to seek approval for the new-build proposals, and to gain approval for progress to Royal Institute of British Architects ‘stage three’ design and development, which includes a pre-planning and formal planning application.
The proposal sets out plans to develop a modern and sufficient bed-based facility in the centre of the town that will meet current and future need for the borough.
Bed-based intermediate care means that people will receive care and support at the facility, with a place to rest and recover, on a temporary basis. Plans therefore include the provision for up to 80 beds, split into five wings over three floors, which would enable the closure of all other intermediate care beds as delivery will be from this single, state-of-the-art site.
The site will also feature office space and provision for community intermediate care services, and parking for staff and visitors. External facilities also include ambulance parking, patient drop-off, delivery access and waste storage.
The proposals for this facility are in line with the overarching joint local strategy to grow, modernise and improve the reablement and intermediate care offer and facilities in Warrington.
Cllr Paul Warburton, cabinet member for statutory health and adult social care, said: