A HOTEL in Stourport has agreed to put up people recovering from coronavirus in Worcestershire.

Stourport Manor is one of three hotels to answer the county council's appeal for 300 rooms to put up recovering patients who are not yet able to return home and need assessment for social care.

The council has already secured and booked up 150 rooms, including beds at Stourport Manor, and is now appealing for other hotels to volunteer their rooms.

The hotels must have a minimum of 20 rooms which are en-suite and be able to provide services such as housekeeping and laundry.

Councillor Karen May, cabinet member with responsibility for transformation and commissioning, said: “We are appealing for any hotel with 20 rooms or over to get in touch with us, if they are able to offer their bedrooms to recovering patients.

"We are grateful to the three hotels who have already agreed to work with us to provide much needed services for those leaving hospital but not yet ready to go home.

"Our priority remains keeping Worcestershire residents safe and providing social care to those who need support and help."

The rooms will provide a safe place to recuperate and personal care will be arranged if needed.

Those using the rooms are not expected to need nursing care and are predicted to need to stay for between five and 10 days. Breakfast and evening meals will be provided.

Nick Ferguson, the Director of Cadmore Lakeside hotel, which has also signed up to put up recovering patients, said: “I discussed with my staff team how we could best assist with the current crisis, helping our wonderful NHS to clear beds was the obvious way we could help. Everyone needs to think how they can contribute in any way possible.”

Any hotels wishing to offer rooms will need to provide a laundry service, housekeeping service, catering where possible and have a lift if the rooms are above the first floor.

The county council says it is willing to block-book rooms for up to three months for the service.

Hotel owners wishing to help can contact the council through the Here2help page and register using the “tell us how you can help" button. Go to worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help for details.