Huddersfield hotel transformed into UK's first Nightingale care home

The hotel at Ainley Top has now been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and will act as an "overspill". Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Huddersfield's Cedar Court Hotel has been transformed into the country's first Nightingale care home for the elderly and vulnerable.

The hotel at Ainley Top has now been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and will act as an "overspill".

Furloughed hotel staff have been trained in infection control and brought back to work to cook and clean at the hotel, while 30 specialist-trained carers have been allocated to the temporary home.

The pilot scheme is being funded from a £6m share allotted to Calderdale Council, the district of which the hotel falls under, as part of the Government's £1.6bn funding for local authorities to manage the coronavirus outbreak.

Wayne Topley, Managing Director of Cedar Court, said: ''It was a call for help and we were very pleased to take the idea forward.''

As lockdown continues and normal life is out on hold, councils have had to adapt services people can't do without.

Councillor Tim Swift said: ''this is aimed at supporting people who normally would be looked after in the community by their family or by home care services, but for various reasons that has broken down.''