Work set to commence on new Eye care home

Eye, Suffolk. Proposed site of Elderly Care home behind Hartismere Hospital ANL-140813-125604001
Eye, Suffolk. Proposed site of Elderly Care home behind Hartismere Hospital ANL-140813-125604001

Work on a new 60-bed care home in Eye is set to begin this month.

Care UK have been given the green light to build the care home on undeveloped land behind Hartismere Hospital.

It will replace the Paddock House facility currently operating in the town.

The proposals also include a separate community well-being centre which the developers say will provide 25 day care places for local elderly people, many of whom will be dementia sufferers.

Plans for the facility were approved by Mid Suffolk District Council in March.

County councillor Guy McGregor, speaking at the Stradbroke Parish Council meeting on Monday, said: “The replacement on the Hartismere Hospital site for the commencement of the building of that work should be this month.”

He added that he has been assured by Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for health and adult care, that contractors would be on site soon. According to Cllr McGregor, the delay came due to the NHS not signing off on certain agreements for the site, but said pressure from himself and the work of Cllr Murray has kick-started proceedings.

“It is a big undertaking but it is a virgin site. It is a new build and it is not a re-hash,” he said. “It is important we get this building up and running as soon as we possibly can. It is not just monetary terms but the quality of rooms that we are able to provide for elderly people, and advanced dementia care as well.”

A spokesperson for Care UK said the facility is scheduled for a spring 2015 opening. She added enabling works would begin during August, with the main construction starting next month.

“The residents of Paddock House care home on Wellington Road in Eye will have the opportunity to move into Hartismere Place. Paddock House, which dates from the 1960s, will close and the building will be returned to Suffolk County Council,” she said.

“All residents and their relatives have been kept up to date with the plans.”