National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has just announced that planning permission to extend Sue Ryder Dee View Court in Aberdeen has been granted.
The extension to the care centre will help develop and expand our neurological care services to better meet the needs of people with long-term neurological conditions in and around Aberdeen. Dee View Court opened in 2003 and is Scotland’s only purpose-built neurological centre providing care and support for people aged 18 and over with life-changing conditions affecting the brain and nervous system.
"Sue Ryder Dee View Court has played a key role in the delivery of expert and compassionate long-term care for people living with complex care and support needs for over 13 years, receiving referrals from across Scotland," said Valerie Maxwell, Sue Ryder Dee View Court Centre Director. "We plan on expanding Sue Ryder Dee View Court so we can care for more people, giving them the care they need and deserve.
"We currently provide facilities for up to 24 residents at any one time. Following the expansion we will be able to offer room for up to 43 people in total - nearly double," she added.
The existing centre is a single-storey building based on the concept of six self-contained 'houses'. Current facilities include a hydrotherapy suite, physiotherapy gym, rehabilitation kitchen and recreational therapy department.
About the new extension
Sue Ryder has chosen Newcastle-based architectural practice JDDK Architects to submit the successful planning application on our behalf for a £3.9m new-build wing and extension.
"The planning application is for a single-storey extension to the original building and a new-build two-storey annex linked by a glazed corridor containing a conservatory," explained JDDK Project Architect Samantha Dixon.
"The new building will contain six high-dependency en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, with a further six supported living units on the first floor, promoting independence, with a mixture of flexible step-up step-down care dependent on individual need.”
“Dee View Court is the only purpose-built specialist neurological centre in Scotland," said Pamela Mackenzie, Sue Ryder Director of Neurological Services. "As demand for our services continues to grow, we need to expand. Our waiting list is always full and we want to give more people the chance to call Dee View Court their home.
"We are really pleased to be working with JDDK collaboratively on this new project," she continued. "We have chosen JDDK to design the new building as we have worked with them successfully on other centres and recently they designed a new purpose-built palliative care centre in Peterborough for Sue Ryder."
Support Dee View Court's expansion
Sue Ryder needs to raise £3.9 million to build the extension and provide much-needed services for people with neurological conditions in Scotland. To do this, we need the support of the local community – individuals, corporate companies, organisations and community groups to donate, volunteer and get involved.
Together we can help more people get the care they need; we see the person, not their condition.