Minister Esther McVey opens Bagshot rehab centre for brain injured victims
By mattcollison | Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 16:23
THE newly-appointed minister for disabled people Esther McVey has officially opened a Bagshot rehabilitation centre for brain injured people.
Esther McVey, minister for disabled people, was led on a tour of Bagshot Park Care Home.
Peter Stewart, who crushed three vertebrae falling down stairs, joined the tour.
Former GMTV presenter McVey was given a tour of Bagshot Park neuro-rehabilitation centre by staff and a former patient, Peter Stewart, who learnt to walk again at the state-of-the-art centre after breaking his back.
The 41-room centre, which is run by CHD Living and has its own team of specialist therapists, two gyms and a hyrdopool, has been operating in London Road since November.
Today's tour (September 19) marked the launch of a new partnership between Bagshot Park neuro-rehabilitation centre, which takes referrals from the NHS, with Ascot Rehabilitation, an international consultant-led service which is privately run.
The Conservative MP, who landed her ministerial role in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening and the launch of the new partnership.
John Stanley, CHD Living operations manager, said: "Our partnership was one of the pulls for the minister to come today.
"The public sector have been trying to work in partnership for so long and I think we have managed to crack it. Esther McVey was very interested in how that's developing, what we are doing and how it is happening."
He added: "Members of our team, of Ascot's team and an ex-resident toured the building with the minister. She was absolutely fantastic. It went very well."