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Rehabilitation centre to call Thornton home


A new neurological rehabilitation centre is set to provide patients across the Hunter with state-of-the-art care.

Located at the Thornton Interchange, the $2.6 million centre will feature a hydrotherapy pool, rehabilitation gym, a manufacturing room for custom orthoses, a medical intervention room, a complex wheelchair and seating showroom with private fitting rooms as well as 31 accessible car parks.

Built and run by Hunter-based Neuro Alliance, the centre will help the team provide care and treatment to their growing list of patients.

Founder Daniel Buck says it will serve as a base from which his team will continue to offer community-based services.

“There is no centre like this in Northern NSW,” he says.

“Our focus is on improving the quality of life through the application of evidence-based and innovative treatment programs.

“By working closely with our network of health professionals, we can ensure patients receive high quality, evidence-based care.”

Mr Buck adds the site was strategically chosen because of its location at the end of the motorway and its proximity to accommodation options for patients and their families.

Neuro Alliance provides medical and allied health services to anyone with a condition requiring complex rehabilitation.

They help patients who have spinal cord or brain injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and other rare conditions.

The medical team includes physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, a rehabilitation medicine specialist and a neuromuscular orthotist, who also work with other allied health professionals including occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

Work on the new centre is being undertaken by Hunter-based builder Draytons. It expects to complete the build by the end of this year.

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