Covid-19: Hospital Patient Referrals - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:07 pm on 28th June 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Penn Baroness Penn Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 1:07 pm, 28th June 2021

My Lords, in our response to the pandemic, we have introduced a policy of designated settings, where if someone in hospital who is otherwise ready to be discharged tests positive for Covid, they can be discharged to a designated setting. More broadly, the noble Baroness is right: the use of step-down accommodation can be very useful in discharging people from hospital to social care. The point about NHS land is, I am sure, one that we will want to take away.