150 hotel rooms urgently needed for recovering patients

Published Monday, 30th March 2020

Hotel rooms across the county are urgently needed to help patients recovering during the Coronavirus pandemic. Worcestershire County Council needs a total of 300 rooms and 150 have already been found.

150 rooms are still needed though for people who can leave hospital but need assessment for social care. The rooms will provide a safe place to recuperate and personal care will be arranged if needed.

The hotels should have 20 rooms minimum which are en-suite and be able to provide services such as housekeeping and laundry.

Worcestershire County Council has already signed an agreement with 3 hotels in the County; Stourport Manor, The Elms at Abberley and Cadmore Lakeside.

Nick Ferguson, the Director of Cadmore Lakeside hotel said; “I discussed with my staff team how we could best assist with the current crisis, helping our wonderful NHS to clear beds was the obvious way we could help. Everyone needs to think how they can contribute in any way possible.”

Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transformation and Commissioning, at Worcestershire County Council said; “ We are appealing for any hotel with 20 rooms or over to get in touch with us, if they are able to offer their bedrooms to recovering patients. We are grateful to the 3 hotels who have already agreed to work with us to provide much needed services for those leaving hospital but not yet ready to go home. Our priority remains keeping Worcestershire residents safe and providing social care to those who need support and help. “

Those using the rooms are not expected to need nursing care and are predicted to need to stay for around 5-10 days. Breakfast and evening meals will be provided.

Any hotels wishing to offer rooms will need to provide a laundry service, housekeeping service, catering where possible and have a lift if the rooms are over more than 1 floor. The Council is willing to block book rooms for up to 3 months for the service.

Hotel owners who are happy to help should contact the council through the Here2help page and register using the "Tell us how you can help" button.