A new specialist rehab centre, described by the CSP as a ‘vital link’ for patients who have left hospital but are still recovering from Covid-19, has opened today.
The NHS Seacole Centre is the first of its kind in England.
Based at Headley Court, in Surrey, the new centre will provide a service for local Covid-19 patients who have been discharged from hospital – and also those who have the virus but are unable to cope with their symptoms at home.
It opened with more than 100 staff already recruited and 130 patient beds, and - if required - it has the capacity to expand to become a 300 bed facility.
More funding needed for community rehab
CSP chief executive Karen Middleton welcomed the new centre, while also highlighting the need for further funding in community rehabilitation.
‘Bedded units, like the Mary Seacole centre, can be a vital link for patients’ recovery between the hospital and their home, and we need to see the commitment to further centres followed through,' she said.
‘However, we know people recover more quickly and fully if their rehabilitation begins in their homes straight after leaving hospital. And funding rehab centres should not be in place of investing in comprehensive rehabilitation in the community.
‘Quality community rehabilitation needs to be prioritised to prevent worsening long-term health and increased demand on social care and health services.’
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