A temporary hospital with a potential capacity of 1,000 beds is to be created in Glasgow to increase capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the NHS Scotland-run medical facility at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) could be open within two weeks and could expand to hold more than 1000 patients if later required.
The British Army have also assisted with the setup of a similar facility in London, the NHS Nightingale Hosptial at the ExCel centre. The London facility will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. The capacity will then continue to increase, potentially up to several thousand beds, should it be required.
Pictures from inside the completed NHS Nightingale hospital at Excel Centre, which was built in *one week*. This is an incredible achievement and everyone involved should be very proud? pic.twitter.com/3gMrDC4N00
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) March 30, 2020
Jill Young, former Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee Hospital at Clydebank, has been appointed Chief Executive of the temporary hospital, say the Scottish Government.
The First Minister said:
“Our NHS is on an emergency footing and all health boards have been undertaking extensive work across Scotland to maximise the capacity available to manage expected rise in demand due to COVID-19. There are currently approximately 13,000 beds in NHS hospitals across Scotland and health boards are working to ensure we have capacity of at least 3000 available for Covid-19 patients. They are also quadrupling Intensive Care Unit capacity to 700. We expect this to provide sufficient treatment capacity to meet the rise in demand.
As a safeguard and to provide extra flexibility, we have been working closely with the military to plan and build this facility which initially be for use by those who have been through hospital treatment and are recovering from their symptoms. I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s contributed efforts to stay at home and the steps we are already taking to increase the number of NHS beds, we should have the beds we need.
I want to repeat my thanks to all of our NHS staff working to protect and treat those of us who need it and to everyone staying at home and doing their bit to face these unprecedented challenges. It is essential everyone continues to stay at home, except for key workers, essential shopping, reasonable exercise or caring for the vulnerable, in order to avoid overwhelming our NHS staff and facilities.”