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Preston care home wins contract to help free up hospital beds

Sandstone Care Group’s Ribble Court care home in Preston has won a contract that is helping to free up acute beds in hospital this winter.

The short-term contract with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has resulted in the block-booking of seven beds in the care home to help relieve pressures on the NHS.

“We are offering a set number of rooms in our care home to people who are medically fit for discharge from hospital but who still need physiotherapy, domiciliary care or an assessment,” said Jen Roberts, nominated individual for Ribble Court.

“It means they can continue to get the wrap around service they require but, with us, in a more homely type environment. It also frees up a number of much needed acute hospital beds,” she added.

Sandstone Care Group’s Ribble Court care home in Much Hoole was last month rated ‘Good’ in its first official CQC inspection. It is the highest accolade a new care home can receive.

Staff were praised for being ‘kind and caring’ and for treating residents with ‘dignity and respect’.

The care was described as ‘high quality care’ from ‘a consistent team of staff who know residents well’.

The home also won praise for its Covid and infection prevention training and procedures and it was noted that robust system are in place in the home for regular testing for people using the service, staff and visitors.

All staff have complied with the NHS vaccination programme.

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