The Old Palace Lodge to house NHS staff for free

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UK: The 16-bed boutique hotel, located on Christ Hospital Terrace in Lincoln, has closed its doors to the public but opened them to in-demand NHS staff.

To ensure social distancing during the operation of the site, remote check-ins will be used and breakfasts will be delivered to the bedroom. 

The hotel staff of around eight people are on changed rotas to help ensure compliance with these social measures.

The first NHS staff moved into the hotel on March 25, with bookings being taken via the NHS.

Dominik Jackson, of Jackson & Jacksons Developments Ltd, has owned the hotel for a few years.

He said: “We read that the NHS needed more support and we discussed ways we could help. We contacted the ICU and the people in charge of the COVID team at Lincoln County Hospital and they have some staff who live with vulnerable people. The NHS staff are the people at the forefront of it all and there is not enough of them, so it’s important to help where we can.”

The Old Palace Lodge is housed in a restored former chapel which dates back to the mid-19th century. It functioned as a church until 1998 and then served a multitude of purposes before it was converted into a boutique hotel in 2011.

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