Nurses from Mersey Care to help staff Covid-19 step down unit in Liverpool

Nurses from Mersey Care NHS Foundation are to help staff a new step down unit inside the new Royal Liverpool Hospital to help with the battle against COVID-19.

Mersey Care's community nurses will work alongside social workers and other hospital staff to help patients from the Liverpool University Hospitals' Royal and Aintree sites.

The patients will mainly be older people, who will then be returning to nursing homes, care homes or their own home and the new unit will be housed in what is intended to become the Acute Medical Unit for the new Royal.

Joe Rafferty, CBE, Mersey Care's Chief Executive, said: "I'm pleased we've been able to collaborate with other health and social care colleagues in hospital and out-of-hospital services so quickly and efficiently.

"This helps us to support great care for those people who need support today and to also forge stronger new community services for Liverpool to avoid hospital admissions in the future. This can only benefit the people of Liverpool and beyond.”

The new Royal unit will be able to care for up to 65 patients and supported by 130 staff, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, plus healthcare assistants, nurses and doctors.

Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals' NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Our new step-down unit is an excellent additional resource to help our city give patients the best possible recovery and discharge."