A new suite of beds has opened at a Bury St Edmunds care home to offer rehabilitation to medically-fit hospital patients.
The King Suite, which is a 20-bed inpatient service, has been launched by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust at Glastonbury Court care home.
Based in a separate wing at the home, in Glastonbury Road, it is managed by staff at West Suffolk Hospital.
It was opened on Tuesday by Dora Leeder, one of the first patients to be cared for at the unit.
Bosses at the trust say it is designed to offer medically-fit adult patients from the hospital a period of ‘optimisation, reablement and recovery’ before they are discharged.
Sharon Basson, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust senior matron, said: “This is one of the trust’s key innovations to support the management of winter pressures.
“Hospitals across the country are coping with increased numbers of patients, many of whom are older people who need additional care but not necessarily in an acute hospital setting before returning home.
“The King Suite enables us to provide high quality care and promotes a return to normal life outside of hospital giving patients the very best chance of their full discharge being successful.”
The care home is run by Care UK and patients benefit from single rooms, en-suite bathrooms and access to a lounge, dining room and grounds. The unit is supported by two consultanats, GPs, therapists, nursing and community staff.