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The family of a nursing home resident say they have no alternative but look to move their relative to a new location after discovering the home they are currently living in has been designated as a 'step down' facility for positive Covid-19 patients. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The family of a nursing home resident say they have no alternative but look to move their relative to a new location after discovering the home they are currently living in has been designated as a 'step down' facility for positive Covid-19 patients. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The family of a nursing home resident say they have no alternative but look to move their relative to a new location after discovering the home they are currently living in has been designated as a 'step down' facility for positive Covid-19 patients. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The family of a nursing home resident say they have no alternative but look to move their relative to a new location after discovering the home they are currently living in has been designated as a 'step down' facility for positive Covid-19 patients.

A number of residents have already died at Rosevale Lodge Nursing Home, outside Lisburn, due to Covid-19 and the family say they were not informed the home was to be used for recovering patients to continue their care after leaving hospital.

Hotels, including the Healthcare Ireland/Belfast Trust 150-bed Ramada in Belfast, are already being used to provide a 'step down' service, but fears have been raised about introducing recovering patients to a care home setting.