Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has visited the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough as construction continues on the facility.
The Centre will provide world-class medical services for injured members of the Armed Forces. Top rehabilitation services, currently delivered at Headley Court, will move to the purpose-built location at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough.
The new site will be four times that of Headley Court with construction set to complete before the end of 2017 before becoming operational in 2018.
The centre will improve and advance the cutting-edge treatments already available to injured members of the armed forces. It will provide immediate access to on-site patient diagnosis and treatment plans, greater advances in medical research and better outdoor facilities to support early stages of recovery.
Minister for Defence Veterans Reserves and Personnel, Mark Lancaster said: “It’s great to see the building work coming along as we remain on track to open this excellent centre in 2018, with good progress being made towards the development of the National part of the DNRC.
“The brand new Defence facility will ensure that we can continue to lead the way in medical science and innovative technology to support the brave men and women who make enormous sacrifices to protect our country.”
The location of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre will be more accessible to personnel based in the UK.
The MOD say the Centre will will also help to facilitate a joint provision of care needed for rehabilitation as it is closer to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the University of Birmingham Hospital Trust – the main hospital for receiving military casualties.
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