A second care home at the edge of the Northampton General Hospital site is providing a way of increasing beds for recovering patients without using NHS money.
Spencer House Care Home is being built by Avery Healthcare next door to the company’s flagship home Cliftonville Care Centre and will open in October 2014.
Offering residential, nursing and dementia care, it will have 68 beds over three floors, with four suites, a high-end rehabilitation gym, a cinema, landscaped gardens, restaurant standard dining.
Like the 106-bed Cliftonville Care Centre, Spencer House is as close to NGH as can be, being pressed up against the eastern edge of the site.
And Avery said it will be working closely with managers at Northampton General Hospital to help them improve the utilisation of their acute beds, helping ease discharge problems that can often lead to bed-blocking and long waits in accident and emergency.
John Strowbridge, managing director, at Avery Healthcare said: “There is a high demand for care in Northampton, this should not mean that our older citizens compromise on the quality of care and services they receive as a result.
“As pioneers in our field, having won awards for our attention to detail when designing care homes, it is our aim to lead the pace of change within our sector. With a £5 million investment, we offer state-of-the-art facilities.”