Aylesbury stadium converted into 240-bed care facility in response to coronavirus outbreak

Buckinghamshire Council has responded to the coronavirus outbreak by transforming the Olympic Lodge and other buildings at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury into a social care facility for adults.
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The centre, which will have up to 240 beds available staffed by a team of care workers and supported by volunteers, will be open on Monday 6 April.

In just three weeks the lodge has been completely re-purposed as a care and reablement centre to look after vulnerable adults during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The aim of the centre is to get people back into their homes as soon as possible. The centre will care for:

Stoke Mandeville StadiumStoke Mandeville Stadium
Stoke Mandeville Stadium

- Hospital patients who no longer require acute care but are not quite ready to go home

- People living at home who, temporarily, are unable to remain there because they have no support

Explaining why the facility was needed, Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “The benefits of setting up this centre are two-fold. Not only are we freeing up beds in hospitals which can be used to care for critically ill patients, we are also ensuring that our most vulnerable residents have a safe place to go where they will be cared for. They will be away from the danger of infection in hospital and under the care and supervision of a team of specialist staff.”

To prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 and keep both residents and staff safe visitors will not be allowed. However, the centre has been equipped with mobile phones and tablets for people to stay in touch with their family and friends. All meals and laundry services will be provided and residents will have access to TVs and other entertainment.

The Olympic Lodge at Stoke Mandeville StadiumThe Olympic Lodge at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
The Olympic Lodge at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Councillor Macpherson continued: “It is an amazing feat to have got this centre up and running in just three weeks and I congratulate everyone involved.

“Ultimately we want to make sure that during this time of national emergency that we are working proactively to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable residents from the dangers posed by Covid-19.”

To help the centre run smoothly, stadium catering and hospitality staff are supporting the Olympic Lodge. But the team is looking for a range of volunteers with a health or social care background to help care for clients.

Councillor Macpherson said: “Whatever time or help you can give will be of huge benefit. Our staff will be carrying out the main care duties for these clients but our volunteers will provide much needed support and assistance to help them do this. It’s a great way to get involved and join the huge national wave of support for our vulnerable communities.”

Full training and support will be given to all volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or find out more about what is involved please let us know by completing the online form at or email us [email protected].