NHS centre at axed Leeds care home

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A LEEDS City Council-run elderly care home which was earmarked for closure last year is set to be used as a 37-bed NHS intermediate care and recovery support centre.

Members of the council’s executive board voted last September to approve the closure of Middlecross care home in Armley, Siegen Manor in Morley, and The Green in Seacroft, and their associated day centres.

At yesterday’s executive board meeting, councillors agreed a proposal that will ensure The Green continues to be a council-run centre.

Coun Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults said: “By keeping the service within the council, this provides an opportunity to protect council jobs.

“Over the coming months it is planned that the NHS will work with the council to ensure the facility can make a transition to having 37 beds for intermediate care and recovery support.

“This will help people who need support as they leave hospital, or who need short term help. This is part of a citywide improvement in delivering care for those unable to move straight from hospital back home.

“We have a strong track record of supporting people well when changing their care and restate our promise that people will be supported to find and be offered a place at equal or better quality.

“ Residents and families will be provided with all the support they need to ensure a successful move.”