Roddens deadline ends this Friday

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The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has issued a reminder that its consultation on plans to close The Roddens care home in Ballymoney will close this Friday, 2 October.

The 14-week consultation period began in June.

The Trust said in a statement: “Due to the availability of suitable alternative accommodation, the Trust is also proposing to phase out residential care provision at The Roddens in Ballymoney.

“At this point, there are no alternative plans for the use of The Roddens but in common with other statutory organisations, the Trust has a policy of exploring all options in relation to sites which are no longer considered integral to the delivery of Trust services.”

Una Cunning, Director of Community Care at the Northern Trust said: “It is important that we plan for the future in meeting the needs of older people, in terms of their aspirations and the support services that will be required. There is still a small window of opportunity for people to provide their views and I would encourage anyone who wishes to do so to read the consultation documents and to make their responses before the closure date. All responses will be carefully considered before the Trust’s final proposals are submitted to the Health and Social Care Minister.”

Consultation documents are available on the Trust website: www.northerntrust.hscni.net/ or by contacting Equality Unit, Route Complex, 8e Coleraine Road, Ballymoney, BT53 6BP.

Telephone: 028 2766 1377. E-mail: equality.unit@northerntrust.hscni.net