Hotel in Weymouth to take discharged hospital patients

Hotel in Weymouth to take discharged hospital patients

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:56am 6th April 2020. (Updated at 11:33am 6th April 2020)

A hotel in Weymouth is being turned into a base for people who've been discharged from hospital.

31 beds are being offered at The Rembrandt on Dorchester Road for people who cannot go directly back to their own homes.

The discharged patients will be looked after by staff from Abi Live-in Care.

The move is aimed at freeing up beds at Dorset County Hospital during the coronavirus crisis.

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'The model'

Using a model that has been proven in other areas, this new base aims to assist people to recover and regain their independence outside of hospital.

Dorset Council says it offers more capacity to the health and care system across the area and adds to the ability to respond to the current situation.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are fully in support and have been helping get it set up as quickly as possible.

Dorset Council say they are also in negotiations to open a second base, likely to be in the Sherborne area, from the middle of the month.

patient in hospital bed

Cllr Laura Miller, Portfolio Holder for adult social care and health at Dorset Council said:

"It’s a great success, showing the dedication of partners across the system to get this set up in just a few days.

"We’re hearing nationally about the shortage of hospital beds, and so we want to be ahead of the curve by providing alternative solutions.

"We can then make sure that the most critically ill people can get the right help and support at the right time."