Ribbon cutting celebrates opening of St Charles

St Charles launch

Cutting the ribbon to officially launch the new St Charles Integrated Care Centre (left to right): Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford; Dr Richard Hooker, clinical lead for Whole Systems Integrated Care, Governing Body Member and GP at Holland Park Surgery; Louise Proctor, Managing Director of West London Clinical Commissioning Group. (Credit: Crispin Hughes)

 

More than 100 local residents attended the official opening on Saturday of the innovative new St Charles Integrated Care Centre which was launched along with a local community arts project and Creativity and Wellbeing Day. Councillor Elizabeth Rutherford, newly elected Mayor of Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, officially opened the Centre with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

West London Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) organised the event in partnership with ACAVA, the Association for Cultural Advancement of Visual Art, as part of its Creativity and Wellbeing day.

ACAVA offered visitors to the event the opportunity to participate in a host of activities including musical memory box, iPad art classes, singing with Open Age (also based at St. Charles), yoga and Bokwa sessions, face painting, smoothie making, water colour screen printing, digital photography,  tote bag printing, knitting and crocheting. An art tour was offered of the ACAVA  community arts project including displays of print work, mandala mosaics, resin work and a postcard collection.

Participants included local patients that had used the Integrated Care Centre, contributors from the ACAVA arts project, carers, families with young children, and members of Open Age; along with Louise Proctor, managing director of WLCCG, Dr Richard Hooker, clinical lead for Whole Systems Integrated Care and other senior team members attending on behalf of the CCG.

The Centre is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people over 65, with a particular emphasis on integrated care. This takes a holistic approach which looks at the patient’s whole quality of life as well as their immediate and obvious health needs.

The new St Charles Integrated Care Centre will make the following services available under one roof:

  • Social care services from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Access to a pharmacist and community dementia nurse
  • Basic foot care service from Age UK
  • Open Age centre
  • Community cardiology, respiratory and diagnostic services
  • Pilot geriatric consultations

 

Louise Proctor, Managing Director of West London CCG, said:

“We’re proud of this flagship new integrated care centre with its holistic approach. It will give patients over 65 access to health services and social care under one roof and also offer carers and families the opportunity to get the information and support that they might need.”

Councillor Elizabeth Rutherford, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, said:

“I am delighted to have opened this innovative integrated care centre which aims not just to prevent and cure illness, but to enrich the patient’s quality of life all round. I was impressed with the range of activities on offer today including yoga, iPad art, and singing.” 

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