West Berkshire Council is to take over management of Care UK’s Birchwood Care Home in a bid to speed up hospital discharges.

Care UK’s 10-year contract to run the 60-bed care home, which provides nursing and residential care, is due to expire in June this year.

Councillor Rick Jones, West Berkshire’s executive member for adult social care, said: “The council faces a constant challenge to support patients when they are discharged from hospital. The decision to invest in care provision at Birchwood will enable the adult social care service to use the resource more effectively. This will have a positive impact on the lives of older people as it will relieve bed blocking, stress for their families and allow them to receive nursing care within the district.”

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“Whilst the council continues to face a challenging financial environment, adult social care is an area we are committed to invest‎ing in, now and in the future.”

The council will use part of the home to provide more rehabilitation beds that are ready for patient discharge from hospital.

Care UK regional director Daniel Turner-Naylor told Care Home Professional: “The contract we hold with West Berkshire Council to run Birchwood comes to a natural end in June this year. We understand that the council is not planning to re-let the contract and will instead be operating the home itself. Our priority now is to work with colleagues at council to ensure a smooth handover of the management of the home.”

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