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Plea for others to accommodate NHS workers after West Norfolk pub fills up its rooms

A West Norfolk pub has issued a plea for other places to help provide rooms for NHS workers after being "bombarded" with requests.

The Crown Inn at Gayton has offered out free accommodation to temporary staff who are helping out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from across the country.

Among those staying at the pub are a man from Manchester and a woman from Rutland who have been asked to help out at the QEH due to a staff shortage.

Neil and Lisa Staples pictured earlier this year outside their refurbished pub in Gayton
Neil and Lisa Staples pictured earlier this year outside their refurbished pub in Gayton

Landlady Lisa Staples said the site only has three rooms which was not enough after multiple requests were sent to the landlady and her husband Neil, who also runs the pub.

This is where the idea for the website emerged as a plea for other pubs to help out.

Mrs Staples said: “We know there are other pubs with rooms to be filled because, let’s face it, no-one is travelling anywhere.

“It does not cost anything to help as these people look after themselves and just need somewhere to sleep after a 12 to 13 hour shift at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"In a past life we had a creative website so we also set this site up for NHS staff."

Mrs Staples said those staying at the pub have to self-isolate initially due to Covid-19 precautions.

A social media post by the pub said: “As you know, we have offered our rooms for free to NHS staff who need somewhere to stay whilst they work.

“We’ve now built a website so that other pubs and hotels can do the same around the country.”

The website for offering out free accommodation to NHS workers can be found at https://freenhsrooms.co.uk/

It comes after Bespoke offered out a brand new flat to a NHS doctor last week, which you can read about here: King's Lynn flat worth £500 a month offered to NHS doctor for free

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