5th June 2020 | Covid-19

Surrey first in UK for Covid-19 rehab hospital

The Surrey Lieutenancy is proud that the former military rehabilitation hospital at Headley Court, near Leatherhead has been transformed into the UK’s first dedicated community rehab hospital – providing specialist holistic care for patients in the south-east recovering from the long term effects of coronavirus, both physical and mental. As a tribute to BAME health staff currently working on the NHS frontline despite their ethnic vulnerability to Covid-19, the NHS Seacole Centre is named after British-Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole and her pioneering work in the Crimean War. Thanks to extraordinary teamwork – including from the military, Surrey County Council and the NHS, especially Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust – it took just 35 days to repurpose the derelict DMRC, which closed in July 2018. The first patients were welcomed in late May, many transferring from large hospitals after time in intensive care.


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