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Children's specialist treatment on the move in Burnley
A SPECIALIST unit for children is being set up at Burnley General Hospital.
Paediatric medicine and care across Burnley and Pendle is being brought under one roof at the Casterton Avenue site.
It means community and neuro-developmental services, currently housed at Reedley Hall, in Reedley, and Rainbows, at Barrowford, will be relocated there when it opens at the end of next year.
Health bosses say that the two Pendle sites are outdated for the work, which covers therapy, nursing and medical care for youngsters. A decision has not yet been taken about the future of Reedley Hall and Rainbows.
Dr Sheran Perera, an East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust consultant paediatrician said: “We value the services at both Rainbows and Reedley Hall and are aware that the teams provide vital support for so many children and families across East Lancashire.
“However we are conscious that the long-standing buildings in which these services are currently delivered do not meet the same standards as the care the teams within these buildings provide.
“The new unit will provide specialist facilities to support children with severe and complex needs providing outpatient consultation, day therapy facilities and specialist sensory rooms to support work there.”
The service will cover developmental issues, neuro-disabilities, learning diffi- culties, dyspraxia, autistic spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and behavioural problems.
Vanessa Hollings, the trust’s family care divisional general manager said: “The new unit will be built ‘from scratch’ and can there- fore be designed around the needs of our children and families that currently uti-lise these services.
“We are currently in the process of arranging sessions with parents and users to look at the design plans and to seek feedback and involvement in this exciting development ensuring the needs of local children and their families are embedded within the design and structure of the new unit."