One-stop healthcare centre for young people opens in Romford

Left to right John Brouder, NELFT chief executive, Amy Marren, British Paralympic swimmer, Bunny Ea

Left to right John Brouder, NELFT chief executive, Amy Marren, British Paralympic swimmer, Bunny Eagling, Havering Mayoress, Angela Watkinson, Hornchurch and Upminster MP and Havering Mayor Cllr Brian Eagling. - Credit: Archant

A new specialist children’s health centre that will support youngsters with special needs has been opened by a paralympic swimmer.

Inside the childrens centre

Inside the childrens centre - Credit: Archant

The Acorn Centre, in London Road, Romford, was formally opened by Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling, and paralympic swimmer Amy Marren, yesterday.

The centre will be run by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

Amy, 17, said: “I am missing my right hand. But thanks to the help and support from NELFT services over the years, it has not stopped me achieving in any way.

“NELFT healthcare staff really do ensure patients reach their potential, and for that they need to be thanked.”

Inside the childrens centre

Inside the childrens centre - Credit: Archant


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The centre will provide services for those with physical, sensory, communication, emotional or learning difficulties from birth to 19-years-old.

John Brouder, NELFT chief executive, said: “If you are a family who cares for a child with several different conditions and or disabilities, it is hard to get to all the appointments at the different healthcare facilities.

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“The Acorn Centre means physical health and mental health services are available at one site, making it easier for patients and their families and carers.”

Angela Watkinson, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, also attended the opening and described the centre as a much needed resource for local people.

The Acorn Centre is open between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

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