Wales top match venue Principality Stadium is set to be converted into a temporary hospital which will provide additional 2,000 beds to support the National Health System in the fight against Coronavirus.
The Cardiff based facility is being accessed by specialists and contractors to finalize the transformation.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) who are the owners of the Principality Stadium have availed the venue together with the hospitality areas, Chief Executive Martyn Phillips has confirmed.
“We have made the entire Principality Stadium available to be used based on NHS requirements, including hospitality areas and a variety of further rooms and facilities,” Martyn Phillips stated
“It is a privilege to be able to offer our services, facilities and a significant number of operational staff, at their individual choice, to help at this time of national emergency. We have made advanced plans to transform relevant spaces into fully functional hospital environments, working closely with Levy UK, who are responsible for overseeing similar transitions elsewhere.”
The Chief executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board believes the move will ease the pressure on the healthcare system that is anticipated to be put under pressure in the coming weeks.
“It is difficult looking at the numbers to appreciate the size and the scale of the task ahead of us in the NHS. However, we have been using the past few weeks wisely in order to put structures and processes in place across our main hospital sites, University Hospital Wales and University Hospital Llandough.
“In addition to this we have secured the Principality Stadium, Cardiff as a temporary field hospital with the capacity to hold up to an additional 2,000 beds. The facility will allow us to free up capacity at our other hospital sites so that we can continue to provide services to patients with other health conditions.