|The original Market Building (before the conversion of the garage) in Pleyber Christ Way, Lostwithiel.||
The front of the Clinic incorporating disabled access, a new reception area and another practice room above.
The Children’s Clinic finished it’s capital expenditure on converting the building in 2009.
Phase 1 of our building efforts created two treatment rooms, a small reception room and a disabled toilet. This work was accomplished with a combination of fund raising, donations from local groups and individual donors.
Phase 2 of the building meant removing the garage doors, and completing the second half of the conversion with interior plaster, insulation, ceiling, wall divisions, staircase, heating, lighting, flooring and a new disabled entrance. This provided the charity with two further treatment rooms and a large reception room where patients and their familes can meet in a supportive and informative environment together with a kitchen.
It is only thanks to our major supporters like the Duchy Health Charity, HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall, the Hilton in the Community Foundation, the Clare Milne Trust, the Tanner Trust, The Elmgrant Trust, Lanhydrock Golf Club, local Community grants, local Lions clubs, and all our individual donors too numerous to mention, that we managed to complete the conversion so quickly.
With such great support in direct donations and full price adult treatments, Phase 2 became a reality. More treatment rooms have enabled us to to treat more children and their families. There was originally a 7 week waiting list for new cranial osteopathic referrals but with three cranial osteopaths working at the Clinic, new patients don’t have to wait very long for appointments. Scheduling in emergency cases, new patient appointments and the increasing flow of GP and midwifery referrals was very difficult with a two room/3 practitioner Clinic, but now with four treatment rooms and 3 cranial osteopaths and a fully trained paediatric accupuncturist (the first in the West Country), we can now treat more and more disadvantaged children.
Our aim is to provide complementary therapies to as many children from all walks of life as we physically and financially can, with subsidized fees suited to the individual family’s income. Our expansion enabled us to build on the success of the first three years and increase the number of children we can treat on the sliding scale.
In the future, our plans are to extend the charity’s umbrella to cover outreach clinics wherever they are needed in Cornwall.