Organisers have announced the postponement of this month’s Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Home Care Expo was due to run alongside the dementia show at the NEC Birmingham on March 17-18.
A spokesperson for event organiser, Roar B2B, said: “Like many large event organisers, the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is always our number one priority. This is particularly pertinent in the care and health sector communities that the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo brings together.
“Many of our visitors are on the frontline of supporting the most vulnerable in society. This combined with the fact that health and social care workers will be critical to ongoing containment and management strategies, means that we have taken the decision to reschedule Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo to later in the year.”
Roar B2B said it was in the process of contacting the event’s exhibitors, speakers, partners and suppliers.
Anyone with enquiries should contact the event team directly at Enquiries@ROARB2B.com or +44 (0) 117 990 2109.
A new date for the conference will be confirmed by Monday, March 16.
The announcement came after a man in his 60s became the third person in the UK to die after testing positive for the coronavirus and the number of confirmed cases rose to 278.
The government has said it remains in the containment phase of its four-part plan to tackle the outbreak but has hinted it is preparing to enter the delay phase which may include banning major events and closing schools.
Guidance for care home providers on how to contain the spread of the virus can be found here.