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North Down and Ards to benefit from £50m mental healthcare expansion

North Down and Ards are set to benefit from a planned £50m expansion by mental healthcare organisation, The Priory Group, which is based in Northern Ireland.

The group plans for at least 17 care homes for older people in the province by the end of 2012, providing around 1,200 beds and 1,000 jobs.

The group said the homes will reflect the very latest research in dementia care.

Sharon Butler, who trained as a nurse at Ards Hospital, will commission the new care homes in Northern Ireland and England.

She said: “Northern Ireland is a key part of Priory’s ambitious expansion programme.

“There is a clear need for high quality care homes for older people within Northern Ireland, and that presents a perfect growth opportunity for us.

“The experience the Priory Group has in mental health, complex and long term care transfers very well into older people’s services.

“People are now living longer and have more complex needs and associated health issues that we have the experience to care for.

“We are building on our already strong and established areas of expertise and offering an even more comprehensive range of facilities for service users.”

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