Leading care home operator Advinia Health Care has opened four specialist care units across the Midlands and North of England to help ease pressure on the NHS during COVID-19.
The care provider, which has around 3,300 beds across the UK, has set up the stand-alone properties within multi-unit care home sites to address the predicted overflow of COVID-positive patients from NHS hospitals.
The sites are located at Arncliffe Care Home in Liverpool, West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield, Bedford Care Home in Wigan and Parklands Care Home in Walsall. An additional two units will open in Oxford and Cheltenham in early 2021.
Extra protection has been put in place in the segregated units, which will be inspected by the Care Quality Commission. Each will be staffed with its own dedicated team, with no cross-over with the existing facilities, and to maximise infection control there are dedicated access points and all ancillary services, including food and laundry, will be sourced separately and under strict procedures. Visiting pods have also been installed to facilitate the safe interaction of families and residents in a comfortable environment.
Chairman and Founder Dr Sanjeev Kanoria (pictured), a former NHS liver surgeon and healthcare entrepreneur, who spearheaded the project, said: “The wellbeing and quality of life of our residents remains our absolute priority. We are doing all we can to ensure that they are as safe and well-cared for as possible during this challenging time. We have consistently demonstrated that, in spite of operating on much tighter budgets, care homes are significantly safer places to be than hospitals for vulnerable people due to the stringent hygiene standards and our committed, well-trained staff.
“Unlike many care operators, we have estates with multiple buildings so we can provide effective isolation units for those discharged from hospitals. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help our country and the NHS move beyond this challenging time. It is time social and health care came together to work in partnership.”