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UK News Coronavirus: Scotland's largest exhibition center will be turned into pandemic field hospital

22:20  30 march  2020
22:20  30 march  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Scotland’s largest exhibition centre will be turned into a field hospital to treat coronavirus patients, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed, but it may not be needed.

Scotland’s first minister announced on Monday that the Scotland Exhibition Centre in Glasgow will be transformed into a “temporary NHS hospital”, which will become operational within a fortnight.

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The center, usually used for concerts, weddings and political conferences, would offer 300 additional beds initially for coronavirus patients.

But she claimed the building, opened in 1985, could have the capacity for 1,000 for more than beds, but may not have to be used as 3,000 beds have been set in NHS hospitals across Scotland to prepare for the crisis.

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Ms Sturgeon said in a press conference today: “I can confirm following exploratory work over last week and the weekend we have now taken the decision to start work on turning the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow into a temporary NHS hospital.

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“If needed, we expect that the hospital could become operational within a fortnight from now.

"Initially it would provide us with 300 additional beds, but ultimately it could have capacity for more than 1,000 patients.

“It is important to be clear that we might not need to use the exhibition centre.

“There are currently approximately 13,000 beds in NHS hospitals across Scotland and using those NHS boards are working to ensure 3,000 beds are available for Covid-19 patients within our existing hospital network.”

Scotland's death toll has reached 47, up six overnight - with 1,563 confirmed cases and 108 people in intensive care.

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In Birmingham, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) said it “stands ready” if it is needed to become a temporary field hospital during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The site close to Birmingham Airport has 18 exhibition halls and usually plays host to high-profile conferences and shows, but bosses said they are ready to help the NHS “with immediate effect”.

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