Consultation over closure of Sheffield dementia sites

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A public consultation is to be held over the future of two of Sheffield's three dementia support centres.

Sheffield City Council said closing Norbury Centre in Fir Vale and Bole Hill View in Crookes would save about £835,000.

The money saved would be used to provide more services to people at home and in Hurlfield View at Arbourthorne.

The consultation is expected to be completed in the new year, a council spokesman said.

'Expanded and remodelled'

The centres, which offer support to people who live at home through day care and occasional respite care, are run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the council.

Councillors met on Wednesday to discuss the plans.

Under the proposals, the Norbury Centre would be closed by next March and Bole Hill View would shut by March 2014.

Hurlfield View centre would be expanded and remodelled with extra beds.

The proposal follows consultation with people with dementia who use the centres and their carers who gave feedback on the services they received and how they could be improved.

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