|Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus to provide medical treatment.|
|A temporary hospital with an initial 300 beds is to be created in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow to increase patient capacity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the NHS Scotland-run medical facility could be open within two weeks and could expand to hold more than 1000 patients if later required.
Jill Young, former Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee Hospital at Clydebank, has been appointed Chief Executive of the temporary hospital.
Sandra White MSP said:
“The Scottish Government have made it clear that they are doing all they can to ensure Scotland is as prepared as is possible for the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“While we as a nation are doing fantastically well in adhering to the lockdown rules, I congratulate the First Minister and Scottish Government for continuing to prepare for a worst case scenario. We refuse to rest on our laurels and despite encouraging early numbers, since physical distancing has been implemented, we continue our preparations.
“To therefore see an emergency COVID-19 facility being created here in Kelvin is warmly welcomed. It’s important to acknowledge that the Cabinet Secretary for Health is confident that this facility will not be needed and our existing facilities will be able to cope, but as I have stated it is always better to be over prepared, especially in matters of health.”
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.”