Portland Connect day service celebrate moving into Portland Community Hospital

By 27th September 2019News

Portland residents and their carers can now benefit from improved facilities at Tricuro’s Portland Connect day service, which has recently moved from Fairfield to the Portland Community Hospital at Castle Road in Fortuneswell.

An open morning to celebrate the move was attended by officers and councillors from Dorset Council and Portland Town Council, staff/representatives from the Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust and Portland Community Hospital and members of the Portland Development Group, as well as clients, families and people from the local community.

The new location offers a lighter and brighter space with improved facilities, and good access to the community and voluntary sector at the Community Hospital which is fast developing into a health and well-being centre/resource for local people, offering services such as physiotherapy, podiatry, CAMHS, Steps to Wellbeing, dieticians, the memory service, X-ray and clinics for the local community as well as the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Portland Connect offers a wide range of day and community activities which aim to keep people active, healthy and connected with their local communities, encouraging independence and enabling them to continue to live independently.   Activities include arts and crafts, music and singing, reminiscence, support groups and community outings.    It runs a breakfast club for its clients, and a lunch club which is open to members of the local community, providing hot meals for those who would like them.  Services are available for people who may need short or long term support, including respite to give carers a break.

Alison Waller, Tricuro’s Managing Director, said: “We are grateful to Dorset Healthcare who have provided us with access to this great facility. Tricuro are committed to supporting people on the island and recognise there is a growing need for care and support locally.  We welcome people who may wish to benefit from enjoying the company of others and participate in different activities and/or have a meal provided.”

Helen Persey, Head of Integrated Community Services West for Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to welcome the Portland Connect Team into Portland Community Hospital.”

Shirley Welch, our local manager, is keen to hear from individuals who would like to attend, or from family members who would like to know more.

For more information please telephone Portland Connect on 01305 821337 or access Portland Connect’s page on our website:     https://www.tricuro.co.uk/day-service/portland-connect/

The photos show:  Helen de Jonge, Matron at Portland Community Hospital; Alison Waller, Tricuro’s Managing Director; and Laura Miller, Dorset Council Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health who gave speeches at the launch event, and some of our Portland Connect clients enjoying an activity on the day.