Almost 140 new social care beds have been secured in the
county with more in the pipeline.
Northamptonshire County Council has been working to identify
more beds to deliver additional residential adult care capacity for people
being discharged from hospital, therefore freeing up vital capacity in the
The extra beds have been secured at both council and
privately run care facilities. This has entailed carrying out adaptations and
functional improvements necessary for care provision as well as negotiating
appropriate licenses to use the beds.
They have also been secured at St Andrew’s Healthcare, with
43 rooms at Foster Ward, Daniel Rambaut Ward and Althorp Ward being made
Work is also underway to deliver additional mortuary
capacity for the county with three possible locations currently being
Council leader Cllr Matt Golby said: “Increasing the number
of beds available for people to use when they leave hospital is an absolutely
vital part of the council’s ongoing work to deal with the current Covid-19
“The team has achieved a great deal in a short amount of
time, mobilising numerous contractors for urgent refurbishment work as well as
carrying out negotiations with care homes and ensuring the right licenses are
in place to make this work.
“We are continuing to work to do everything we can to secure
more beds and further increase this capacity.”
Katie Fisher, St Andrew’s Healthcare CEO said: “As a charity
with roots in Northampton we’re very happy to help in any way we can.
these extra care beds allows us to give something back to the community in
Northamptonshire as well as easing the pressure on both the NHS and the council
during this pandemic.”