Care Homes: Wansbeck

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2021.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether patients with covid-19 were discharged from hospitals into care homes in Wansbeck constituency.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Our priority is the prevention of infection in care homes and ensuring that everyone receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Since the start of this pandemic, we have worked closely with the sector and public health experts to support safe and timely discharge. We have provided guidance to support safe admission to care homes and embed the Discharge to Assess model, backing this up with over £1.8 billion of funding.

We are working with the Care Quality Commission and the National Health Service to ensure anyone who is likely to be infectious with COVID-19 is discharged to a designated care setting to complete a period of isolation before moving to a care home. These settings will meet a set of agreed standards to provide safe care for COVID-19 positive residents. This is to further support safe and timely discharge and protect care home residents and staff from COVID-19.

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