Managing demand to treat COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

Good afternoon,

I trust you are keeping well and safe.

We continue to find ourselves affected by the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. So that we are prepared and can anticipate demand to treat more patients, we are working with our partners to make some temporary changes to the care provided at Cumberledge Intermediate Care Centre (CICC) based at Rochford Hospital:

  • On Monday 4 May, CICC will temporarily relocate to Brentwood Community Hospital and new patients requiring rehabilitation, sub-acute or end-of-life care will start to receive their treatment at Brentwood Community Hospital from next week
  • Plans are in place for all patients currently in CICC to be discharged before the move. However, if any patient is unable to go home they will be transferred to Brentwood Community Hospital to complete their care

Making these temporary changes to CICC will enable us to increase bed capacity across Mid and South Essex, allowing us to accept more step-down / rehabilitation patients and support discharge from our hospitals.

As I’m sure you will appreciate, mobilising significant changes like this takes a vast amount of planning and resource and we find ourselves with the additional pressure of having to complete things as quickly as possible. Our partners have made a fantastic contribution, coming together quickly and safely, ensuring everything happens as necessary whilst taking into account the need to be mindful of those residents who live and work nearby.

Patient safety and continuity of care are always our prime focus, so we will look to keep disruption to a minimum when patients have to be relocated.

We will keep you informed of progress over the coming weeks and months.


Anthony M. McKeever 

Executive Lead Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership & Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs (Interim)