A NEW hospital has opened in Widnes, creating more than 75 jobs.

Cygnet Paddocks, on Wilmere Lane, is a 28-bed specialist Neuropsychiatric rehabilitation service.

It is run by leading health and social care company Cygnet Health Care and will provide support across three wards for men affected by acquired brain injury or neurological conditions such as dementia and Hungtington’s disease.

The hope is that people will be able to access care closer to home and nearer to their supportive family networks wherever this is possible.

The new hospital is located on the redeveloped site of a former nursing home and has brought more than 75 new jobs to the region with a range of career opportunities that includes health care professionals, clinicians, nurses, catering, domestics and administrative roles.

Cygnet Paddocks was officially opened on Tuesday by CEO Dr Tony Romero and Dr George El-Nimr, consultant neuropsychiatrist and chair of the neuropsychiatry faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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Also in attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Halton, Councillor Martha Lloyd Jones and the Deputy Consort, Councillor Peter Lloyd Jones.

Dr Tony Romero, Cygnet CEO, said: “Our purpose is to make a positive difference to the lives of the individuals we care for, their loved ones and all those who work with us.

“We are proud of our reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the individuals in our care and I am delighted to see us extend our care offer in the North West.

“It is our priority to ensure those suffering get the very best support they need. Cygnet’s new hospital in Widnes will complement the range of neuro-rehab services we offer and we are delighted that we can now support more people who need our help.

“We are a proud partner to the NHS we want to be part of the solution and work together with the NHS to provide the best treatment and facilities to help people on their recovery journey.”

The service will be led by an all-encompassing in-house clinical and medical team including psychiatrists, speciality doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses and support workers.

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Rachael Chamberlain, Cygnet Health Care’s business development director for neurological services explained: “The three individually designed wards replicate the well-established rehabilitation and treatment pathways already successfully offered by Cygnet in other Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation services.

“I’m so excited that we are finally being able to bring a Cygnet Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation service to the North West of England.

“It’s so important that individuals affected by brain injuries can access the most appropriate rehabilitation assessment and treatment needed to meet their needs.

“Offering a comprehensive specialist rehabilitation service as close as possible to friends and family is an important aspect to recovery for many of our service users.”