A charity has unveiled plans to build a multi-million-pound centre in Aberdeen to care for children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
The facility, to be built in the grounds of Woodend Hospital, is the brainchild of Charlie House in collaboration with NHS Grampian.
The Aberdeen-based charity said the eight-bedroom centre has long been a “dream” and would save north-east families from travelling to other parts of Scotland for this type of care.
Tracy Johnstone, project visionary and chairwoman for Charlie House, said: “The long-term vision and dream for the charity has always been to have a purpose-built centre in Aberdeen to provide planned and emergency short breaks, palliative and end-of-life care for children, as sadly north-east families currently have to travel over 100 miles to Kinross to access this type of service.
“This project has always been about offering the families we support choice – choice as to where their child is cared for and in what type of environment.
“The Charlie House team and our expert ‘Big Build’ team have now finalised the plans to turn this dream into a reality.”
The building will feature a sensory room, library, spa pool, craft room, teen den, soft play area, therapy room, star room for end-of-life care and bereavement, outdoor play area and sensory gardens.
Each bedroom will have space for children and their families and will include an ensuite wetroom and space for two carers to easily reach each bed, with terrace access. There will also be eight family bedrooms with ensuite facilities and kitchen/diners.
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A community suite will provide a large, multi-functional and dividable space that could be used as a gym, as well as including a library and large conference room.
As well as areas for families, there will also be adaptable meeting and office space for the Charlie House team and medical staff.
The charity supports babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
The centre will be the first of its kind in the north-east and will take up an undeveloped plot in the grounds of Woodend Hospital.
Professor Nick Fluck, medical director at NHS Grampian, said: “We’re delighted to progress the joint application for the specialist support centre in Aberdeen.
“The Charlie House facility will empower parents and carers with the choice of where they receive support and care at a very difficult time.
“There are currently around 1,500 children and young people in the north-east requiring palliative care. We are looking forward to the centre becoming a reality.”
David Macdonald, an architectural technologist at Cumming & Co, who produced the plans, said: “The distinctive character and design of the Charlie House building will complement the context but will fulfil less tangible needs such as triggering feelings of positive emotions and memories.
“We hope it will be a great addition to Aberdeen.”