The former Beechgrove residential home in Perth is set to be used as a facility for people recovering from the deadly coronavirus.

Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership confirmed the news on Wednesday.

The facility is expected to open "within the next few weeks" and would be for people who are well enough to leave hospital but do not yet have the support they need at home.

In a statement, the partnership also vowed its vital home care for 750 people would "continue through this difficult period".

The statement added: "Just as important is the Partnership’s role in supporting people to leave hospital.

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"We have always tried to get people back home from hospital, with the right support, as quickly as possible, as people have told us they would rather be in a homely setting. Now, this is more important than ever, as hospital space is needed for patients severely ill with COVID-19.

"To support NHS Tayside to care for those who need to be admitted to hospital, the partnership is preparing to use the former Beechgrove residential home building in Perth.

"This is a temporary measure during the outbreak, to look after people who are recuperating from illness, are well enough to leave hospital but do not yet have the level of support they need at home.

"The facility will open within the next few weeks for a temporary period.  While people are staying within the facility, a social care package will be put in place for them so they can return to their own homes as quickly as possible.

"We would like to thank local residents in advance for their understanding and patience, given the  increased activity at the site during this challenging time."