There are ten temporary critical care hospitals being set up by the National Health Service and British Army as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Building has started at the temporary NHS hospital in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), Glasgow.
The hospital is named after Scottish nurse Louisa Jordan, who died in service during the First World War.
Over 400 contractors are working alongside nearly 150 NHS Scotland clinicians and operational staff to establish the new NHS Louisa Jordan. It will provide an initial 300 beds to help safeguard Scotland’s NHS during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, say the Scottish Government.
Thank you to our army colleagues for their support on the @NHSLouisaJordan feasibility study! NHS workers and contractors are now on site, working around the clock to put these measures in place, to make sure we are ready if required. #COVIDー19
— NHS Louisa Jordan (@NHSLouisaJordan) April 3, 2020
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has praised all staff who are working at the site to develop this new facility.
“I want to send my sincere thanks to the many clinical, operational and construction staff who have been on site at the SEC to construct this new NHS Scotland hospital. They are working together, under exceptional circumstances, to deliver a clinically safe and fit for purpose hospital that if required, will provide extra capacity for NHS Scotland.”
Around the UK
As the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic was beginning to take hold in the United Kingdom, the governments and public health services of the four home nations started planning the creation of temporary large-scale critical care hospitals to provide cover for the projected increase in patients likely to require this type of treatment.
The initiative is being carried out in coordination with the British Armed Forces’ COVID Support Force, under the Military Aid to the Civil Authorities provisions, as part of Operation Rescript.