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Offer to Convert Unused Hotel into Temporary Nursing Home

Sóltún Elderly Care, an associate company of Sóltún Nursing Home, has made an offer to the Ministry of Health to run a temporary nursing facility for the elderly in the premises of Oddsson hotel. The National University of Iceland is under great strain at the moment to accommodate COVID-19 patients. Hospital CEO Páll Matthíasson has stated that discharging all patients who no longer need hospital care would solve many of their problems, but a lack of rehabilitation facilities and nursing home spaces is a hindrance.

A press release from the company states that they would be able to receive people who are ready to be discharged but aren’t able the leave the hospital due to a lack of facilities to receive them. “This would greatly alleviate the strain on the National University Hospital, as Oddsson could receive up to 77 people and accommodate them in individual rooms,” the statement reads.

Sóltún Elderly care further state that this is a response to an appeal from the Ministry of Health, which recently asked nursing homes to find ways to increase nursing spaces. The company offers to run the facility at Oddsson while society resolves the difficult situation caused by the global pandemic. The press release further states that the first spaces could be ready in November.

Oddsson Hotel is in a newly renovated building at Grensásvegu, and according to Sóltún, no significant alterations to communal spaces or rooms are needed to accommodate elderly care. “Covid-19 has resulted in little demand for hotel rooms at the moment, creating this opportunity to utilise the hotel to solve the pressing problem of strain on the National University Hospital.”

Sóltún Elderly Care runs the Nursing Home Sólvangur in Hafnarfjörður and the at-home nursing service Sóltún Heima. The company also has experience in setting up and running a temporary nursing facility, from opening and running a 30-people temporary nursing space as an addition to Sólvangur while Health authorities waited for the new nursing home at Sléttuvegur to open.

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