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Operon signs Cheshire NHS design, build and FM deal

07 July 2008

Operon has signed an £11.7m 25-year contract with Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care NHS Trust to finance, design, build and operate the Elmhurst Intermediate Care Facility, Winsford.

The company has formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and has arranged the finance for the scheme, and will use its in-house expertise to carry out the design and construction and deliver FM services over the 25 years. The project involves the refurbishment and extension of the former Cheshire County Council care home to include 30 en-suite bedrooms. The new facility, which is due to open in early 2009, will provide much needed services in the area, helping to reduce the need for people to spend time in hospital. It will offer short-term transitional care aimed at avoiding unnecessary admission to a general hospital and allow people to receive care prior to going home after a hospital stay. GPs will also be able to refer non-acute patients on a short-term basis.

John Cooper, development director for Operon, said: “Operon is proud to be involved in this scheme, which will provide tangible benefits for the Community. It demonstrates our continued commitment to providing finance, construction and support services within the Healthcare sector.”

Sue Noyce, Primary Care Trust project lead, said: “Elmhurst is the first of several planned developments to provide more services to the towns and communities of Cheshire. With an increasingly ageing population, the PCT is working with local authority community services to provide more support to people in their own homes, supplementing this with access to community beds where this is needed. The PCT is delighted to be working with Operon in the months ahead to deliver this facility.”

Vance Gallagher, Cheshire County Council locality manager, said: “We are delighted to be jointly funding this project with the local Primary Care Trust. This will provide a further service to assist people to remain in their own homes with improved independence and a general capacity to manage their own lives more positively.”

Operon currently provides services to Primary Care, Mental Healthcare, Diagnostic & Treatment Centres and Hospices, and is a leading provider of PFI/PPP services to Central and Local Government departments and the Education sector.

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