The NHS is saving £1,350 a week by shifting patients to luxury care home The Hazelwell in Heswall, Merseyside.
Overcrowded Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral has been shifting patients to the home where residents enjoy a piano bar, rooftop terrace and even a chauffeur-driven car, the Liverpool Echo reported.
David Allison, chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Arrowe Park , said: “January was an unprecedented month for the NHS in Wirral in which we saw a greater number of acutely unwell patients needing a hospital stay.
“To meet this demand, and to relieve the bed pressures faced at Arrowe Park, we took the decision on behalf of health and social care partners to purchase additional beds in the community for Wirral patients who no longer needed to be in hospital.
“Discussions are ongoing to determine how this cost can be shared across the Wirral healthcare economy.
“This is nothing new, and part of a national drive to move patients into the community once medically well for further assessments and to continue rehabilitation by our multi-disciplinary teams.
“Not only is this better and safer for the patient, this greatly assists with improving patient flow through the hospital and has a financial saving for Wirral’s challenged health and social care economy.
“As part of our drive to deliver better value for money, but without compromising care, we continue to work closely with care homes in delivering efficiencies.”
An Arrowe Park spokesman said putting patients up in hospital for a week costs an average of £2,200 a week. Rooms are offered in The Hazelwell for £850 a week.