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Temporary coronavirus hospital for recovering patients set to open in Surrey

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Temporary coronavirus hospital for recovering patients set to open in Surrey

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 4th May 2020. (Updated at 6:39am 4th May 2020)

A temporary hospital for coronavirus patients opens today (4 May) in Epsom as part of efforts to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

Health and social care organisations across Surrey Heartlands have worked together to transform Headley Court, a disused military hospital, into an inpatient rehabilitation centre for patients in the county.

Up to 300 beds will be available.

NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey
Multiple teams have been involved, including Surrey County Council, the military and the NHS

NHS Headley Court Hospital will care for and support patients who are recovering from COVID-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who can no longer cope with their symptoms at home.

The facility is hosted by Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, and the partnership is made up of local GP practices, CSH Surrey, Surrey County Council and the hospitals.

Surrey Downs Health and Care, which provides integrated joined up care for older people, will be responsible for the facilities and care provided.

Chief executive of Epsom and St Helier, Daniel Elkeles, said:

"Over the past three weeks, this empty facility has been completely transformed – working closely with the army, the county council, and health and social care teams, we have been able to redesign the use of these disused buildings, create new access roads, re-plumb the water system and re-install electricity supplies.

"This has taken a huge amount of planning and hard work from multiple teams, but we are determined to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure our patients have the very best chance of recovery. 

"It is an amazing facility, and the parts of the site that we will be using were all built to a high specification mostly over the last 10 to 30 years.

"The site is very open and there is plenty of green space and light to provide a high quality rehabilitation environment."

Meanwhile leader of Surrey County Council and chair of the Surrey Heartlands Partnership, Tim Oliver said the facilities at the site were "impressive", adding it was a "remarkable achievement" to have got it to this stage in under a month.

NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey
Discussing the new layout needed for patients

Dr Claire Fuller, senior responsible officer for Surrey Heartlands, said:  

"I would like to add my thanks to everyone involved in getting this up and running.

"I have been truly humbled by the fantastic work and collaboration from colleagues right across our partnership in the face of this virus; from staff working flat out on the frontline, the support workers behind the scenes who are keeping things going, to the determination of people to make seemingly impossible things happen."

A number of nursing roles are currently being advertised for NHS Headley Court Hospital, Surrey on the Epsom and St Helier website.