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31.03.2020

Councils identify alternative accommodation to help the NHS

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Councils are identifying accommodation that could, if required, be turned into temporary care facilities for people when they’re ready to leave hospital, to relieve pressure on the NHS.

The accommodation could also be used to temporarily house additional staff being recruited into healthcare, or staff being redeployed to front line care roles.

Hospitals everywhere are under considerable pressure due to coronavirus (COVID-19), therefore it’s important that patients remain in them only for as long as they require specialist care.

When they’re well enough to no longer need hospital care, patients should be discharged in a timely way to more suitable settings for their recovery, and to relieve pressure on care beds.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council have been talking to organisations in Devon with accommodation that could potentially be adapted to become temporary care facilities for patients who no longer need to be in hospital, but are not well enough yet to return home. This type of care would help in the event of care home bed shortages, but would also be a safe option for patients.

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