NHS Seacole: Covid-19 rehab centre takes first sufferers

A rehab support worker checks patient Shirley Hughes, 86, as the first patients are admitted to NHS SeacoleImage copyright PA Media
Image caption NHS Seacole is providing a spot of restoration for individuals who have survived a Covid-19 an infection

The first hospital devoted to serving to coronavirus sufferers get better from the long-term results of the sickness has acquired its first sufferers.

Surrey’s NHS Seacole Centre opened this month at Headley Court, a former rehab centre for injured troopers.

Covid-19 sufferers will be left with tracheostomy wounds from having a tube inserted within the windpipe or want coronary heart, lung or muscle remedy, the NHS stated.

Others who’ve survived the virus may have psychological or social care.

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Image caption Rehab assist employees with 82-year-old affected person Michael Kidd

NHS chief govt Sir Simon Stevens stated: “While our country is now emerging from the initial peak of coronavirus, we’re now seeing a substantial new need for rehab and aftercare.”

He stated whereas sufferers had survived life-threatening issues, many would see a longer-lasting affect on their well being.

More than 100 employees members have been recruited to work on the centre near Leatherhead, with preliminary plans for 130 beds and capability for as much as 300 if wanted.

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Image caption Morag Ellison, 77, is likely one of the first sufferers to be admitted to the centre

Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated front-line NHS employees had saved tens of 1000’s of lives and, whereas the battle with Covid-19 continued, NHS Seacole would supply devoted rehab.

He stated: “For some folks this is usually a debilitating sickness, with lasting results.

“The new NHS Seacole Centre is just the start as the NHS rapidly strengthens community support to help those affected return home to their loved ones, and to full health.”

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Image caption Jamaican-born Mary Seacole cared for British troopers throughout the Crimean War

Named after the pioneering Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole, who cared for wounded British troopers throughout the Crimean War, the centre is hosted by Epsom and St Helier NHS.

It is run by a partnership together with GP practices, hospitals and Surrey County Council, whereas Surrey Downs Health and Care is answerable for services and care.

Clinical director Dr Hilary Floyd stated the virus had been “cruel to so many” however NHS Seacole would supply them with a spot of restoration.

Chief govt of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS, Daniel Elkeles, stated: “It is with great pride that we can provide expert and compassionate care… in a purpose-designed centre that bears the Seacole name.”

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