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The Hotel Rembrandt in Weymouth
A seaside hotel today became the first in Britain to open as a hospital to help the NHS cope with the coronavirus crisis.
The Hotel Rembrandt in Weymouth, Dorset, is taking 31 'low risk' patients from local hospitals to free up desperately-needed beds.
The guests are not coronavirus patients but have been treated for other ailments and were taking up valuable bed space while waiting to be discharged.
The three star hotel has been kitted out to accommodate them and have been supplied with nurses from a care agency.
Twelve members of hotel staff have been kept on to see to laundry and housekeeping and to cook three meals a day for the patients and care workers.