Hospital patients to be sent to hotels as Covid capacity nears breaking point

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Thousands of hospital patients will reportedly be sent to hotels or their own homes to free up beds coronavirus patients.

Sources told The Guardian that hospital bosses want to create “extra emergency contingency capacity”.

Patients in hospitals will receive help from voluntary organisations, Army medical personnel and any available NHS staff, it is claimed.

The London Hotel Group (LHG), which owns the Best Western chain, is looking after homeless patients from King’s College hospital in south London at a hotel in Croydon.

It is hoping to provide 5,000 beds for patients.

An LHG spokesperson said: “The patient group the NHS is seeking to accommodate at this stage are recovered or recovering from Covid and who are medically fit for discharge, and thus do not require specialist medical supervision or specialist care, but can’t yet return home.

"This frees up NHS bed space and capacity and is relatively easy for hotels to accommodate.”

The NHS is also asking care homes to start accepting coronavirus patients from hospitals without a recent negative test.

However, they will need to have been in isolation for 14 days and showing no new symptoms.

A document sent to care home providers and leaked to The Guardian read: “We are now advising that for some within this group, it will be appropriate for them to move directly to a care home from hospital … because we now know they do not pose an infection risk to other residents in a care home.”

The Daily Star has approached the The Department of Health and Social Care for comment.

Earlier today, the UK recorded an additional 45,533 coronavirus cases and 1,243 deaths – the second-highest number of deaths confirmed in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, almost 45,000 fines have been issued to people across the UK for breaching Covid-19 laws, a senior police chief has said.

National Police Chiefs' Council chairman (NPCC) Martin Hewitt said officers will not "waste time" trying to reason with people who have "no regard" for the safety of others.

He outlined a series of recent examples of "irresponsible behaviour" that had been penalised – including a boat party in Hertfordshire with more than 40 people, and a minibus full of people from different households travelling from Cheltenham into Wales for a walk.

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