Construction work has begun on the temporary NHS Scotland hospital in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) to help care for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic
Building work has commenced at the temporary NHS Scotland hospital in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.
Over 400 contractors are working alongside nearly 150 NHS Scotland clinicians and operational staff to establish the new NHS Louisa Jordan.
The hospital will provide an initial 300 beds to help safeguard Scotland’s NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Main contractors involved in the construction of the temporary NHS Scotland hospital include; Balfour Beatty, Kier Group, Robertson Group and Graham Construction.
Health secretary Jeane Freeman has praised all staff who are working at the site to develop this new facility.
Freeman commented: “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.”
Other temporary facilities
In London, the ExCel has been converted into a hospital to care for coronavirus patients.
The ExCeL will become a field hospital of 4,000 critical care beds.
The new 4,000-bed facility at the ExCel Centre in the capital’s Docklands has been built in less than two weeks.
Two more Nightingale hospitals will be opened in Bristol and Harrogate, NHS England has announced.
The news of another 1,500 extra beds to help deal with the coronavirus crisis comes on the same day that the first new hospital is due to open in London.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK is on the rise, with nearly 34,000 now testing positive across the country. 2,921 people confirmed to have had the virus have died.