Housebuilders Bellway and Barratt to Deliver New Ms Centre in Halton

July will see the commencement of construction of a brand new Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Wendover. The exciting new building is being delivered by housebuilders Bellway and Barratt Homes as part of its commitment to providing 400 new homes at the Princess Mary Gate development in Wendover.  The new centre will replace the existing centre that has delivered its services for the past twenty years from a Portacabin base.

The £2.5 million scheme is being partly funded by Bellway and Barratt Homes who are jointly contributing £1.5 million towards the centre; with the remaining budget being met by the Chiltern MS Centre.

The new 14,000 sq ft MS Centre will provide a much enhanced environment for patients and friends. The old centre provided 250 sq metres of floor space and offered patients a wide range of treatments to ease the symptoms of MS including oxygen therapy, massage, counseling, acupuncture, reflexology, speech therapy and physiotherapy.

The brand new building is scheduled to open summer 2012, during which time patients will be able to use the existing facilities.

The new two-storey building will provide:

  • a larger general treatment area, with a designated gym area; more space, more equipment to suit all abilities
  • specific treatment rooms, away from the general treatment area with more privacy if required
  • a larger and more modern High Density Oxygen Therapy chamber
  • a “social” area – a bigger designated area for friends, carers and family members to meet and talk.
  • an improved and larger kitchen area to prepare and clear up drinks
  • two larger management offices.
  • a larger records room for physiotherapy staff plus a staff changing area
  • multipurpose treatment rooms for new treatments (podiatry, speech therapy, occupational therapy). More space, more services to improve a patients visit
  • a seminar room to run courses on a variety of MS related topics for patients, carers and social workers plus an area for CPD [continuing professional development]
  • improved storage facilities

Within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire area there are over 2000 people living with the life-long condition and 50 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each week.

The new centre will help staff to treat more patients more effectively, but the staff still need to continue raising more than £500,000 each year to cover running costs.

In 2010 clinical staff at the existing centre delivered over 10,000 treatments. It is anticipated that the new centre will help to increase this number significantly.

Louise Wakelam, Head of Professional Services at the MS Centre adds, “We are all very excited to see the work commence for what is going to be one of the most technologically advanced MS Centres in the UK.  If we can deliver the treatments and services we currently deliver to so many people needing our help in the current, very unsuitable, building imagine what we can achieve in this wonderful new building, we are all very grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to move in.”

Charitable donations to support the MS Centre should be forwarded to:

Mrs Sue Barber, Chilterns MS Centre,  Scarlett Avenue, Halton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NU