Stirling University has loaned a number of beds to Scotland’s new NHS Louisa Jordon hospital in Glasgow’s SEC to support healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis.
The university has sent seven beds to the emergency facility in Glasgow.
The hospital was set up to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The £43 million hospital has been set up in a matter of just a few weeks.
The hospital has an initial capacity for 300 patients but, it can be expanded to hold more than 1,000.
With the seven beds, 400 nurses and also nine clinically trained staff from the university are preparing to join the frontline in the fight against the virus.
Professor Jayne Donaldson, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at Stirling said: “Our healthcare system is under unprecedented pressure – and we are prepared to do whatever we can to support our NHS workers and make a difference to the COVID-19 response.”
“It was great to see the NHS Louisa Jordan was completed at the beginning of this week – and I am pleased that we’re able to provide beds to help support this effort. Of course, we hope that measures already in place will mean that this hospital never has to be used.”
She added: “Once again, I would like to thank all of our talented students and staff – and our wider NHS family – for their phenomenal response to this pandemic crisis.”
The beds given to the new emergency hospital are normally used by nursing students in the university.
Jill Young, Chief Executive of the NHS Louisa Jordon said: “Our contractors and NHS staff on site have been working around the clock to make sure we are ready to support the NHS in Scotland.”
“During this time, the outpouring of support and collaboration we have received from NHS Boards and organisations across the country has been absolutely incredible. This equipment will play a vital role in helping ensure that every member of staff has all the training and support they need to deliver the highest possible standard of care, if required.
Young also said: “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a sincere and heart felt thank you.”
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