St Austell Brewery has offered free-of-charge rooms to NHS workers from the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The 33-room County Arms, which is just a three-minute drive from Cornwall’s main hospital, has been made available to the local NHS procurement team to allocate bedrooms to doctors and nurses working at the trust.

It is also offering any hospital staff free use of the hotel’s car park, which is on a direct bus route to the hospital.

Earlier this week, the pubco put more than 75% of its staff on furlough, protecting 2,000 jobs, but has retained a core team at The County Arms to maintain the hotel.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the 33 rooms at the County to NHS workers, whether it is for an overnight stay, or simply to use the bathroom facilities after a long shift,” said Steve Worrall, St Austell managing director.

“We are minutes away from Treliske Hospital and it’s the least we can do to support our friends at the hospital.”

Throughout the closure period, the Cornwall-based brewer is continuing its supply of Tribute, Proper Job, Korev and Bath Ales’ Gem to supermarkets, shops, off-licenses and home delivery.

Along with other pubcos including Admiral and Greene King, it has also teamed up with online wholesaler StarStock on an e-commerce platform to offer consumers essential groceries like bread, eggs and milk via click and collect.