Considerable progress has been made by the NHS and partners to provide beds at the following locations:
- Furness Academy Barrow-in-Furness, up to 90 beds
- Kendal Leisure Centre, up to 62 beds
- Carlisle Leisure Centre, up to 60 beds
- Whitehaven, up to 60 beds
- Penrith opportunity is being kept under review
The intention is to first use the significant extra capacity created in our main hospitals through cancelling non-urgent treatment.
The Recovery Centres will be used for patients who are medically fit for discharge and are well enough to leave hospital, but need a little extra support to get back to their home. Recovery Centre beds will ONLY be used if needed.
We are continuing to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England to ensure the care in the units will meet the required standards for this type of provision.
We know that we will need the support of many volunteers to make this happen. They will be vital to support the organisation of the centres, building and maintaining the facilities, ensuring patients are served food and drinks and providing a friendly ear. So there is some work underway to recruit people with the skills who are able and willing to help at this time.
We will update you on our progress in the days ahead and are planning work with the media as the work progresses.
Anyone interested in volunteering should register an interest here https://supportcumbria.org.uk/