Compton Care opens second ward to relieve strain on NHS

We’re helping to reduce the strain on our local NHS partners by adding more beds to our Inpatient facility.

We’ve added an extra bed to our existing Inpatient Unit and have also created a temporary 5 bed ward in our Living Well Centre, a space which has been closed since the outbreak of Covid19.

Now known as IPU2 the 5-bed ward will provide care for patients who would otherwise be in hospital, freeing up beds and valuable resources so the NHS can focus on saving lives.

Our Chief Executive Claire Marshall said: “In good times and in bad times we are here for our patients. It certainly is the toughest of times at the moment, but we are as dedicated as ever to putting our patients first.

“We have a fantastic team of clinicians and support staff and they will keep going as long as they can to take some of the strain from our NHS colleagues by caring for more patients and families than ever over the coming weeks.

“Our community have always been here for Compton as we have been here for patients, so if you can show your support; send us a message, do a fun isolation event, play our lottery, anything you can. You’ll be helping Compton survive through the crisis and come out the other side.”

Alongside the new unit, our nursing and healthcare assistants are supporting local district nursing teams by taking on some of their community work, freeing them up to focus on more urgent care. We’re also lending its support to GPs, care home staff and other healthcare professionals by offering telephone advice on how they can support people with incurable illnesses with the aim of reducing hospital admissions.

Last week we announced the closure of our network of 29 charity shops due to the outbreak and has since had to cancel the majority of our fundraising events, leading to concerns about loss of income.

In response, we’ve launched our ‘Compton Vs Covid19: Stepping Up’ appeal calling on the support of the public to help continue to fund our care services and support the NHS.

Ruth Brown, Head of Fundraising added: “People can support Compton in one of 4 ways:

  1. Make a donation so Compton can continue to provide care. Whether its £5 or £50, every pound counts towards helping keep our services open for as long as possible.
  2. Take part in or host a virtual event. We’re hosting virtual quizzes and we’ve also supporters a virtual challenge. If they don’t take your fancy, why not host your own socially distanced disco, gym class or book club and encourage your friends to sponsor you.
  3. Join the Compton Care Lottery. Our lottery is still running which you can join for just £1 a week and be in with the chance of winning £2,000.
  4. Send a message of support. All of the Compton staff are working incredibly hard to keep our services running. If you’d like to send an encouraging email or digital picture you’d be helping to put smiles on lots of faces.

“Your support will mean that we will continue to be there for our patients, and support the NHS, for as long as we can.”

Those interested in supporting Compton Care are asked to visit comptoncare.org.uk or contact fundraising@comptoncare.org.uk

Speak to Compton in person, call us on 0300 323 0250