Bangor University to host 250-bed Covid-19 field hospital:
SPORTS FACILITIES WILL BE CONVERTED INTO VIRUS TREATMENT CENTRE
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.