Ministers Are Looking into “Hospital Hotels” for Elderly Patients
The Government are looking into sending elderly people into hospital hotels to recover from illness and injury in a bid to free up beds in the NHS.
It is thought that around 3000 patients are kept in hospitals even if they are well enough to be discharged.
The “health hotels” are an idea taken from a system used in Scandinavia where private hotels run them. Those who are in support of the idea think it will be cheaper for the NHS and more patient friendly. The initiative is currently being used in Scandinavia and the United States.
The NHS will look into whether patients will be able to stay in nearby hotels to the hospital to recover from their ailments.
These services could also be used by new mothers and stroke victims.