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Council increases social care beds to help ease pressure on NHS

Swansea Council's social care teams are pulling out all the stops this weekend to support the NHS and save lives.

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By this weekend the Council will have opened 35 new social care beds by drawing on the skills of its regular and agency staff.

There is capacity to open a further 21 as and when they are required and additional beds will come online in the coming weeks.

This extra capacity which has been created within the Council's in-house residential care homes means that patients who are well enough to be discharged from hospital can be moved without unnecessary delay, thereby easing the pressure on the NHS at an extremely challenging time.

Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: "We are doing all we can to protect the NHS and support them to save lives. We are here with the NHS and for the people of Swansea.

"By creating more beds in social care we are giving Singleton and Morriston Hospitals more space to treat the very ill as well as those with Coronavirus. We are working side-by-side with the NHS to help save lives.

"It's been a brilliant effort by our social care teams who have gone above and beyond to play their part at this time of crisis. I want to pay tribute to their commitment and goodwill because it's having a direct impact on protecting our communities and our NHS."


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