Belper’s new care centre, which we built, will temporarily be called the Florence Nightingale Home and is now complete and getting ready to take its first residents.
The care centre – which is part of a larger £10 million development that includes a new library for the town - will initially be used to exclusively accept patients discharged from hospital who need to rest, recuperate and isolate after suffering from COVID-19 but aren’t yet ready to go home.
Plans to open it as a conventional care home are currently on hold while we support the wider healthcare system, including our NHS partners, during the unprecedented pandemic.
Our Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said the ‘Nightingale-style’ care centre would be an important part of the council’s work to support Derbyshire residents.
Councillor Lewis said:
“On the 200th anniversary of our very own Florence Nightingale’s birth, I’d like to announce that we will be using our newly built care centre to support local residents through the worst pandemic to affect us in generations.
“The whole world learned a lot from Florence Nightingale’s work, including about infection control, and here in Derbyshire we will celebrate her achievements with the launch of our new unit for people recovering from coronavirus.
“And, just as Florence helped the sick and injured, our own care staff will help aid the recovery of local people from COVID-19.”
The 40-bed unit, set over two floors, is built on the former Thornton’s factory site on Derwent Street. It will temporarily be called the Florence Nightingale Home as a tribute to one of Derbyshire’s most famous daughters who was born 200 years ago today (12 May).
A replacement for the ageing Ada Belfield care home on Field Lane, it was due to become home to its current residents. However, the pandemic means they will have to wait a while longer before taking up residence.
Councillor Lewis said:
“This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing everything we can to support people from Derbyshire through the coronavirus pandemic.
“By opening Ada Belfield as a Nightingale-style unit we will be able to help people to leave hospital and care for them to become well enough to go home, or the place they call home, separate from other vulnerable people.
“We hope the current residents of the old Ada Belfield home will bear with us.”
Praising the nurses and care workers who are continuing Florence Nightingale’s legacy today, Councillor Lewis added:
“I’d like to thank all our care workers and support staff who are working tirelessly in our care homes and in the community at this difficult time. Like nurses, they are a key part of our fight against the virus and I’d like to thank them all for their hard work, commitment and dedication now and in the future.”
We're currently waiting for the home to become officially registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The library is nearing completion and we will follow Government advice about when the new library can open.