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City Health Care Partnership and Dove House join forces to fight Coronavirus

26 March, 2020


City Health Care Partnership CIC and Dove House Hospice in Hull are working together to help patients with Coronavirus (Covid-19).

An empty bedded unit at Dove House will be used for patients who need intermediate care and rehabilitation after being discharged from hospital. This will help to free up beds at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill for people who need hospital treatment for Coronavirus.

The Needler unit has 12 beds and is a self-contained unit with its own entrance, separate from the main hospice site. It will be staffed by CHCP’s nurses and allied health professionals (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists etc).

Dr Anna Wolkowski, chief executive of Dove House, said, “We are now working with City Health Care Partnership CIC to help fight Coronavirus in our local area.

“They will be renting our Needler unit to use as a ward for hospital patients who are nearing being ready for discharge in order to free up beds in hospital.

“We're proud to be supporting each other at this tough time to provide essential care as well as providing support to the local community to overcome this pandemic.”

Julia Petty, general manager of integrated community services at CHCP said, “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the staff working and pulling together in making the Needler unit at Dove House a reality. Whilst it has been very busy – everyone has tackled it with a true problem solving approach and nothing has been too much trouble for anyone.”