The Care Quality Commission have just given fast-track approval to Derbyshire County Council using a brand new care home to set up a special Florence Nightingale Home to exclusively take patients discharged from hospital who need to rest, recuperate and isolate after suffering from COVID-19 but aren’t yet ready to go home.
This temporary Florence Nightingale Home will be based at the brand new Ada Belfield Care Home in Belper. It is a 40 bed newly built facility. Construction was finished on Monday 4th May and the plan is to have recovery beds open from 1st June.
I know that staff at the Council have been working hard on these plans since February but no announcement was possible until the official handover of the building by the builders.
Staff at the Council and in care homes are working incredibly hard to tackle this global pandemic, support residents and follow the expert advice of both the NHS and Public Health England to keep Covid out of care homes.
For the avoidance of doubt, if you have any coronavirus symptoms yourself, please self-isolate and book yourself a test here: http://nhs.co.uk