CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new brain injury rehabilitation centre in Ellesmere Port.

This will be Voyage Care’s latest addition to their UK-wide portfolio of specialist brain injury rehabilitation services.

The day was marked with a celebratory ceremony, where operational team members were joined by a person supported by Voyage Care to lay the first brick.

Simon, a person receiving specialist brain injury support from a local Voyage Care service in Cheshire laid the foundations of the new service.

The site will be home to a purpose-built flagship service which will provide 28 beds for individuals from the local community that have suffered brain injuries.

Consisting of two buildings, the service will offer "a pathway of support; dedicated residential care for people at the beginning of their rehabilitation journey, and self-contained flats, for those ready to live more independently".

Chester and District Standard: The construction has startedThe construction has started (Image: Voyage Care)

The site joins Voyage Care’s brain injury services in Cheshire and Merseyside, as part of offering further provision for specialist, community-based support in the North West of England.

When asked what the new service means for local people seeking brain injury support, Placements Manager Louise Houghton said: "Opening our flagship service in Ellesmere Port will provide additional step-down, community-based, functional rehabilitation places in a location that’s lacking this level of specialist input and will create around 30 new jobs for local people."

Specialising in slow stream rehabilitation, Voyage Care’s new service will also be designed to offer long-term placements for people with ongoing or permanent support needs.

Without this new service, many people might not have been able to stay in their local area to receive the specialist care they need. But with the opening of the new accommodation at Ellesmere Port, ongoing support close to family and friends will now be available. 

Operations Director, Vicki Bennett, said: "We’re embarking on an ambitious growth period, one which will see us further cement our position as the leading provider of brain injury rehabilitation across the UK.

“Ellesmere Port is the first of several new developments that will open in 2024, joining our expansive portfolio of services across the North West of England. This demonstrates our continued commitment to providing high quality support pathways for people living with an acquired brain injury."