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New Brunelcare home provides timely help in freeing up hospital beds

Little Heath Care and Reablement (2)

A new Brunelcare care home is offering timely assistance in freeing up hospital beds during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Little Heath 64-bed care home and 24-bed reablement centre was officially opened in South Gloucestershire this week.

The new facility will work in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in freeing up much needed hospital beds and taking pressure away from the NHS during this critical time.

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Oona Goldsworthy, CEO at Brunelcare, said: “Brunelcare were determined, despite the COVID crisis, that we would go ahead with the opening of Little Heath centre. This is the first time that Brunelcare and UHBW have worked in such a close partnership and we’re excited about the potential for more collaboration between the world of social care and the NHS in the future. We still have lots of exciting new career opportunities available across Brunelcare and have launched a recruitment initiative about roles available on our website.”

Lewis Farrel, Reablement Centre Manager, added: “We are so pleased to have officially opened Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre on Wednesday (1 April) and to have welcomed in our first three guests. We are pleased to be playing a vital role in relieving the pressure on much needed NHS acute beds by opening our new service. The site is looking great and I’m excited to begin my role as Reablement Manager at Little Heath and welcome even more guests over the next few weeks.”

Paula Clarke, Director of Strategy and Transformation at UHBW, commented: “Working more closely with our partners to support people to leave our hospitals when they are medically well enough is a key part of our strategic approach for the future, but the current pandemic makes this even more essential. We are delighted that some of our patients will be able to access further support from the bespoke Reablement Unit at Little Heath that will help them return home with as much independence as possible.”

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