Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group has revealed COVID-19 patients, some of which are coming from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, are to be accommodated at the Calderdale Retreat Nursing Home, in Greetland- The care home was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission and currently requires improvement.
A spokesman for Calderdale CCG, said: “It’s important patients don’t spend more time in hospital than they need to and so when it’s clinically safe to do so, they should be discharged.
To support this effort the CCG have been working with partners in hospitals, the Local Authority, the voluntary sector and the care sector to develop a revised Hospital Discharge Service.
The CCG said this includes establishing additional community bed capacity for those who do not need to be in hospital, but require additional care and support before returning home.
Calderdale Retreat, owned and run by TLC Care Management Ltd also owns and runs Scisset Mount in Scisset, Huddersfield.
According to Calderdale CCG the modern purpose-built facilities at Calderdale Retreat were identified by the CCG as an ideal partner to deliver these additional community beds as they accommodate an 18-bed service, which could be staffed and operated completely independently from existing care home residents.
“They’re now assisting our experienced, qualified NHS nurses in the day-to-day running of the service along with support from the District Nurse Team, an enhanced GP service and QUEST – which is a nationally recognised dedicated nursing team for care homes in the community.”
Sir David Behan, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission and now executive chairman of HC-One, said 232 care homes run by the firm have confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures on Tuesday showing 406 of the deaths involving COVID-19 in England and Wales that were registered up to April 3 had occurred outside of hospitals, including 217 in care homes.