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Hertfordshire County Council reopens East Herts care home in response to coronavirus crisis

Hertfordshire County Council is temporarily reopening two of its formerly closed care homes – including one in East Herts – as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nevetts in Buntingford is due to open this month while The Fairways in Watford resumed operations on May 12. Each home will have more than 40 beds and be staffed by 45 employees.

The homes are being reopened for patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital but are not ready to go home and look after themselves. For some, it may be that they are in recovery but still need some support before they can go home. For others, the homes will provide a place to live if their current care arrangements at home have had to be stopped temporarily.

Councillor Jeff Jones and volunteers at Nevetts care home in Buntingford (34959066)
Councillor Jeff Jones and volunteers at Nevetts care home in Buntingford (34959066)

The care homes are being staffed by redeployed or returning Hertfordshire County Council employees and new recruits, who also helped with the set-up of both homes.

Cllr Richard Roberts, HCC's cabinet member for adult care and health, said: "We want to ensure our residents have access to the best possible care when leaving hospital so they can make a full recovery.

"We've had a great response from previous employees and redeployed staff to work within the homes. To get the homes ready for use in such a short space of time at such an excellent standard is a credit to the team involved. The response from local councillors and communities to support these projects has been overwhelming."

The authority operates eight other care homes and adult day care centres. Nevetts is its only accommodation in East Herts.

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