‘Stepdown beds’ - a safe space for Covid-19 patients to recover
Many Covid-19 patients who recover and are fit enough to be discharged from hospital go home, but some need a bit more care before they’re ready to follow. A new care unit in Cawston (pictured above) is helping these people through the next stage of their recovery.
Providing what are known as ‘stepdown beds’, the unit frees up beds in Norfolk’s acute hospitals and provides a safe space for those leaving hospital to recover instead of discharging them into existing care homes, where residents need to be shielded from the virus.
Opened by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) just one month after the lease for the site was signed, the unit is staffed by the county council’s Norfolk First Support, working together with Hales and Independence Matters. These experienced carers are looking after service users and creating a safe environment for recovery by maintaining strict standards of hygiene and safety.
The site is funded by the NHS Covid-19 funding.