EXTRA care is being laid on after the closure of a rehabilitation centre was announced.

Knoll House care centre in Hove, pictured right, which cares for elderly patients recovering from surgery, is set to close on October 1.

A long saga around the home’s future began when nurses and therapy staff were pulled out in June.

While 30 jobs are at risk and all remaining patients and carers will be moved to Craven Vale care centre in Brighton, health chiefs have announced extra care across the city.

Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which controls health services, said 52 extra beds will be available for those who need to recover from hospital care.

An extra 24 rehabilitation beds will be provided at Lindridge Nursing Home in Hove.

Another 16 will be added at Newhaven Community Hospital, where recovering patients are cared for after they leave the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

A further 12 beds, to be monitored 24 hours a day, will be placed in independent homes around Brighton and Hove.

A spokesman for the CCG said it would work “in partnership” with Brighton and Hove City Council.

“We will ensure there is a fully-integrated health and social care community provision for the residents of Brighton and Hove as the council considers the future of Knoll House,” he said.

“The health and social care needs of residents in Brighton and Hove are changing, with more patients now leaving hospital with complex and greater nursing needs.”

The spokesman said ongoing 24-hour specialist care, which many patients needed, is not available at Knoll House and Craven Vale currently.

The future of Knoll House, in Ingram Crescent West, will be discussed by city councillors and health chiefs tonight at a health and wellbeing board meeting.

Two ideas have been proposed for the site, both relating to mental health care in the city.

One plan is to convert the site into a residential centre for those with high-level mental health needs.

Another proposes creating an independent living centre for patients who still need some support.