A SPECIALIST care centre in Glusburn has stepped in to relieve pressure on NHS hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis.

Malsis Hall, which opened six months ago, has admitted several patients and service users discharged from NHS acute beds.

it is helping free up capacity in NHS inpatient wards and supporting people as they move to a community-based service.

Malsis Hall, run by Enhanced Community Health Options, a former private school, was converted into a specialist care service designed to provide recovery and rehabilitation for people with mental health conditions.

The service provides a care pathway from rehabilitation hospital beds through to care home beds, using an apartment/’own front door’ model.

ECHO said its multi-disciplinary team provided a holistic approach to care, with the person’s care needs reassessed regularly to ensure that personalised treatment goals are met, and the experience of community living is maximised.

Lisa Gardner, Service Director at Malsis Hall, said: “We have a clear care pathway with various living and support options to match the individual’s needs, whilst enabling them to live safely in the least restrictive environment.

“Although the pandemic is obviously causing us to change our way of working somewhat, the team is doing a fantastic job and patients and service users are being supported within the service, with the health and welfare of everyone our main priority.”