Construction work has begun at Mount Gould Local Care Centre (LCC) in Plymouth to reconfigure space which – once complete – will house the Plym Neuro Rehabilitation Service.
The service is currently delivered from the neighbouring NHS Property Services-owned facility, located on the Mount Gould Hospital estate, a few minutes away from the Mount Gould LCC. Its current home at the Plym Neuro Rehab Unit is a 15-bed inpatient facility for adults with acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological conditions, and has been operating from the current site for 18 years.
Mount Gould LCC opened in 2006, and currently delivers a range of inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient services. The £6.9m project will reconfigure existing space to allow the Plym Neuro Service to relocate into a new, modern, fit-for-purpose healthcare facility able to deliver additional appointments.
The reconfiguration works will be Community Health Partnerships’ (CHP) biggest capital- funded variation to date, and – once complete – the service’s relocation will complement the other existing services currently delivered from the site, allowing for a ‘one stop shop’.
Via collaborative working with both NHS and private partners, including CHP, ReSound Health Limited, gbpartnerships, NHS Property Services (NHS PS), LiveWell, University Hospitals Plymouth Trust NHS Trust, and NHS England, the project will be undertaken through several reconfiguration stages.
These will include:
- Reconfiguration and refurbishment of the current NHSPS- owned Beauchamp Centre to internally relocate some services and accommodate services displaced from Mount Gould LCC. The refurbishment contracts totalling £2.95 m were completed this Spring, and were capital funded by NHSPS.
- Relocation of podiatry and orthotics services from Mount Gould LCC to the Beauchamp Centre to free up the relevant space for the Plym Neuro service and allow works to the LCC to commence.
- The £6.9m major reconfiguration of Mount Gould LCC to accommodate the relocated Plym Neuro service, due for completion in the spring of 2025.
Simon Waters, Regional director for the South from CHP, said: “I am thrilled to see the variation commence at Mount Gould LCC. CHP is committed to ensuring our NHS estate continues to make a valuable contribution to the delivery of health services in local communities, and our buildings are positioned as core assets to support this delivery. Once complete the new Plym Neuro Service will be a prime exemplar of this. The increased appointment capacity will benefit many patients, and support the NHS at a time where it is much needed. Our partnership working and supporting NHS Devon ICB in its strategic aim has allowed this fantastic project to come into fruition, and I look forward to seeing the project progress in the months ahead.”