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Bennet House offered up for use by NHS staff living away from home

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The Royal British Legions Bennet house in Portrush, which had been used as a break centre for veterans before a recent decision to wind its operations there down and close the facility, has now been offered as accommodation for NHS staff who continue to isolate themselves from family.

A growing number of NHS staff continue to make the decision to live away from home during this COVID-19 outbreak for the safety of their families. This has given rise for the need for accommodation with many hotels and other similar establishments offering their rooms after they themselves have been forced to close to normal business.

A statement issued by the Royal British Legion reads:

“The Royal British Legion have formally offered the four vacant Break Centres to the NHS. They have acknowledged and thanked the RBL for the offer and will contact us as the pandemic unfolds. The NHS COVID-19 Incident Commander and Management Group will decide if the centres can be of use to the NHS, when and how. Until the NHS make that decision, we will not make alternative arrangements, ensuring the NHS have first refusal.

“If the NHS do not choose to utilise the Centres as part of their response to the pandemic, the Executive Board and Trustees will reassess how else they can be used to support the national effort during these difficult times.

“In light of Government advice around COVID -19, access to Bennet House for group gatherings or non-essential work is momentarily paused until further notice. Should there be any further developments or amends to this provision then you will be updated.”