Hotel opens doors to elderly to free hospital beds

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Newquay hotel is being opened to elderly people to free up hospital beds for coronavirus patients.

Carnmarth Hotel

Cornwall Council is offering care in the Carnmarth Hotel for patients who are able to be discharged, but not ready to go home.

More hotels have been approached to join the scheme and the council expects to free up 120 beds at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Rob Rotchell, from the council, said trained care workers would make sure that everyone in the hotels were getting the support they need.

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Restrictions on travel issued by the government mean only essential journeys are allowed.

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, trips which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or bike ride - alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only when you cannot work from home
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