NHS Seacole Centre
The NHS Seacole Centre is an impressive facility with up to 300 beds that will help us to care for and support patients who are recovering from COVID-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who have COVID and can no longer cope with their symptoms at home.
The NHS Seacole Centre, named in honour of the pioneering nurse Mary Seacole, opened in Surrey as part of the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic.Mary Seacole was a Jamaican born pioneering nurse who helped soldiers to recover from the Crimean War and inspired the name of the new facility.
The extra space will mean there will be more capacity in nearby hospitals to care for those who need care for coronavirus as well as patients who need urgent and emergency treatment.
The facility is in the catchment of Surrey Downs Health and Care (a multi-agency venture that provides integrated joined up care for older people). It is hosted by Epsom and St Helier hospitals and the partnership is made up of the local GP practices, CSH Surrey, Surrey County Council and the hospitals. Surrey Downs Health and Care will be responsible for the facilities and care provided there.
Formerly a disused and derelict military hospital with large unkempt grounds, the facility was transformed into The NHS Seacole Centre in just 35 days, thanks to the hard work of teams across Surrey Heartlands, including Surrey County Council, the military and the NHS.
It was officially opened by Rt Hon Matt Hancock (via Zoom) in May. You can watch the video of the opening (with presentations from key teams who made the facility operational here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAXqf5w3fP8&t=1s (opens in new window)