Ban­gor Univer­sity to host 250-bed Covid-19 field hospi­tal:

SPORTS FA­CIL­I­TIES WILL BE CON­VERTED INTO VIRUS TREAT­MENT CENTRE

Bangor Mail - - Front Page - Kelly Wil­liams

A250-BED coro­n­avirus field hospi­tal is to be cre­ated at Ban­gor Univer­sity.

The Univer­sity’s sports and leisure fa­cil­i­ties will be con­verted into a tem­po­rary hospi­tal to pro­vide beds for pa­tients with Covid-19 symp­toms.

The ad­di­tional beds will be made avail­able to the NHS at Canol­fan Brails­ford as part of the part­ner­ship be­tween the Univer­sity and Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board.

Pa­tients with respirator­y ill­nesses as a re­sult of the virus will be cared for at the tem­po­rary hospi­tal at Ban­gor Univer­sity.

Last Tues­day Betsi re­vealed a 350bed field hospi­tal was to be cre­ated at Venue Cymru, Llan­dudno.

And a third field hospi­tal will be at Dee­side Leisure Centre, which will be trans­formed into a tem­po­rary hospi­tal to pro­vide about 250 ex­tra beds to the NHS.

It is part of the multi-agency part­ner­ship be­tween Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board, Flintshire County Coun­cil, Aura Leisure and Li­braries, and Wrex­ham County Bor­ough Coun­cil.

This brings the to­tal num­ber of ex­tra beds to be made avail­able in North Wales to around 850.

All three tem­po­rary hos­pi­tals will help re­duce ad­mis­sions to the Health Board’s three acute hos­pi­tals, Ys­byty Gwynedd, Glan Cl­wyd Hospi­tal and Wrex­ham Maelor Hospi­tal.

Betsi health board chair­man Mark Polin said: “The de­vel­op­ment of tem­po­rary hos­pi­tals like this are central to our plans to achieve the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity we need, along­side de­vel­op­ing ad­di­tional space within our hos­pi­tals.

“Our part­ners across North Wales are play­ing a cru­cial role in our ef­forts to in­crease ca­pac­ity and make sure we’re ready for an in­crease in pa­tients af­fected by Covid-19. I am ex­tremely grate­ful for their as­sis­tance, and we will con­tinue work with them on this cru­cial joint en­deav­our.”

He added: “We have also re­ceived many of­fers of help from busi­nesses across the re­gion and we will be seek­ing as­sis­tance from them where we need it to mobilise all sites within a mat­ter of weeks.”

Ban­gor Univer­sity’s Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Iwan Davies, said: “These are un­prece­dented times, and the Univer­sity has been re­spond­ing in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to sup­port the front line as they deal with the crisis.

“We are pleased that we can be of fur­ther help by mak­ing Canol­fan Brails­ford avail­able as a tem­po­rary hospi­tal for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Gwynedd Coun­cil Leader, Coun­cil­lor Dyfrig Sien­cyn said: “As a Coun­cil, we are in daily dis­cus­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board and we have been putting plans in place to sup­port them in any way we can. Over the past few days, we have been work­ing with the Health Board, Ynys Mon Coun­cil and Ban­gor Univer­sity to help set-up a tem­po­rary hospi­tal site at Canol­fan Brails­ford in Ban­gor.”

Venue Cymru in Llan­dudno will also be con­verted to hold an ad­di­tional 350 tem­po­rary beds, and con­struc­tion work on a fur­ther 80 beds is cur­rently tak­ing place at Glan Cl­wyd Hospi­tal.

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