I am responding to the letter from Doreen Langford (Ward Concerns, Advertiser, May 10) to clear up any confusion about Gladstone House.

The first residents have now moved into Gladstone House, Newark, and, as reported in the Advertiser, people have said: β€œIt’s an amazing place.”

For local people, it will mean that they can remain living as independently in their own home for as long as possible. 

This is something we would all want.

The scheme includes eight apartments that will be used to give people an assessment and help them recover after a stay in hospital. 

The key point is that these beds are for people who no longer need to be in hospital, but do need time to recover and regain their independence before returning home.

This can help them to regain skills to be independent with making meals, washing and dressing.

Without this service people would stay in hospital much longer than they need to, and may not be able to return home.

None of us would want this.

This differs from the Fernwood ward, which again is an excellent facility, but is a hospital-based service for people that still need to be in a hospital setting.

I am delighted to say that the eight assessment and reablement apartments are now open and I would like to invite Doreen to come and visit Gladstone House to see them with me.

I am sure that after visiting, Doreen will agree with me that they offer a state-of-the-art modern facility for the benefit of Newark residents that help people who no longer need to be in hospital. β€” Mr Stuart Wallace, Nottinghamshire county councillor, Newark.