EAST Staffordshire mayor Councillor Michael Rodgers was on hand to help people celebrate the fifth anniversary of a healthcare scheme in Barton.
The Barton Scheme, which provides supported living for older people, as well as having a cottage hospital wing offering medical care for people in the community, marked the milestone with a party at the Short Lane site.
It was a real landmark for the initiative, as it comes following a battle to save services in the village when the original cottage hospital came under threat several years ago.
Julie Turner, who used to work at Barton Cottage Hospital and is now the manager of the Cottage Wing at the new site, said: “It was a long, hard-fought, battle, which was eventually won, and definitely worth all the efforts of everyone involved. We now have a wonderful healthcare facility to carry on providing care for the residents of East Staffordshire.”
The scheme, which is also home to the GP practice used by the community as a whole, is run by Shaw Healthcare.
Alan Savery, from the company, said: “We are very proud of this scheme and the staff who work here – here’s to the next five years.”