Brunelcare opens Little Heath to help free up NHS hospital beds

Brunelcare opens Little Heath to help free up NHS hospital beds

Little Heath, Brunelcare’s newest Care Home and Reablement Centre, officially opened in South Gloucestershire on Wednesday 1st April following registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The 64-bed Care Home and 24-bed Reablement Centre has already welcomed its first five guests. 

Working in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), the new facility will play a key role in freeing up much needed hospital beds to take pressure away from the NHS during this critical time. A stay at Little Heath Reablement, will allow people to recover and build confidence outside of hospital before returning to the comfort of their own home.

Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre Oona Goldworthy, CEO at Brunelcare said: “Brunelcare were determined, despite the Covid Crisis, that we would go ahead with the opening of Little Heath centre. This is the first time that Brunelcare and UHBW have worked in such a close partnership and we’re excited about the potential for more collaboration between the world of social care and the NHS in the future. We still have lots of exciting new career opportunities available across Brunelcare and have launched a recruitment initiative about roles available on our website.”

Lewis Farrel, Reablement Centre Manager commented: “We are so pleased to have officially opened Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre on Wednesday (1st April) and to have welcomed in our first three guests. We are pleased to be playing a vital role in relieving the pressure on much needed NHS acute beds by opening our new service. The site is looking great and I’m excited to begin my role as Reablement Manager at Little Heath and welcome even more guests over the next few weeks.”

Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre Paula Clarke, Director of Strategy and Transformation at UHBW, said: “Working more closely with our partners to support people to leave our hospitals when they are medically well enough is a key part of our strategic approach for the future, but the current pandemic makes this even more essential. We are delighted that some of our patients will be able to access further support from the bespoke Reablement Unit at Little Heath that will help them return home with as much independence as possible.”

The build, that started in 2018, has taken two-years to be completed and includes spacious, modern, well-designed lounges, quiet areas and break out spaces for residents and guests and a gym to be used with Physiotherapists to help aid guests’ recovery. Each room at the Centre includes its own ensuite with level access wetroom. The Centre also hosts a Town Square that replicates a busy high street, with a coffee shop, hairdressers and onsite shop that will officially open later in the year for guests, residents and their families to enjoy.

Brunelcare’s Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre

To find out more about Brunelcare’s Little Heath Care and Reablement Centre click here.

To view the brochure click here.

To view a video of the new site click here.

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