Exeter-based Hampton by Hilton hotel, which closed last week amid the coronavirus outbreak has announced it is being converted to accommodate hospital patients who are awaiting care home placements alongside new frontline staff.
The hotel which closed its doors following latest government advice to reduce the spread of coronavirus announced in a Facebook post that the hotel was getting ready to “support the NHS.”
Devon County Council confirmed the hotel is being utilised to help “ease” the pressure on local hospitals and care homes.
A spokesperson for Devon County Council told Devon Live: “We are currently working on a number of potential options around Devon for creating additional residential care facilities for those with health and care needs being discharged from hospital in case existing care home capacity becomes insufficient.
“We are also planning to accommodate extra staff currently being recruited and redeployed into frontline health and care roles. More information on these arrangements will be given in due course.”