Steward Health Care Malta announced it has completed the move of 72 elderly residents together with staff from Residenza Sant’Anna at Gozo General Hospital to the Downtown Hotel located in Rabat Gozo.
Steward Healthcare said that the hotel was made available three weeks ago through cooperation with the Ministry for Gozo in order to make space at the Gozo Hospital to cater for more COVID-19 patients.
The hospital in Gozo has already made available 41 beds for COVID-19 and the vacated Sant’ Anna Residence will serve to provide another 80. This means a total of 120 available beds.
In its statement issued on Friday, Steward Healthcare said that a number of alterations have been made at the Downtown Hotel to be able to accommodate the needs of the elderly residents which means that all services previously provided at Sant’Anna, including medical care, will be retained in the new facility.
The residents will be looked after by the same staff to minimise disorientation and to ensure continuity of care.
Families and friends of the residents are being encouraged to keep contact with their loved ones through telephone or video calls as visits remain prohibited until further notice.
All residents and staff going working in the facility have been swabbed for COVID-19 and the hotel was disinfected twice over a 24-hour period and full infection control measures are being taken to safeguard the residents and staff.
Steward Healthcare said that all the staff has been provided with the appropriate PPEs as per infection control protocols, in line with guidelines from the Infection Control Unit at Mater Dei.
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