First look inside Glasgow's temporary NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital for COVID-19 patients

Recent photos show how the Glasgow SEC is being transformed into NHS Louisa Jordan.

Inside the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow yesterday (Tuesday) where work is continuing on the NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital, which is being built to aid the fight against the coronavirus epidemic

The makeshift hospital, based on the banks of the River Clyde, will open mid-April with room for 300 COVID-19 patients, but it will eventually be able to hold around 1,000. The temporary hospital will help the NHS boost its bed capacity to cope with the growing number of coronavirus cases.

The Scottish Events Campus (SEC) is the largest exhibition centre in the country, spanning 64 acres, and has a seating capacity of around 15,000.

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The makeshift hospital, on the banks of the River Clyde, will eventually be able to hold around 1,000 Covid-19 patients, after initially opening with capacity for 300 later this month.
NHS Louisa Jordan is just one of several temporary coronavirus field hospitals being set up across the UK in the fights against the pandemic, including NHS Nightingale in London.
Contractors have been working hard, marking out where features of the new wards will stand. The project is on track to be completed by mid-April according to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
Designed to help the Scottish NHS cope with a possible surge in coronavirus cases, the new hospital is named after a Glaswegian nurse who lost her life while treating soldiers in Serbia during the First World War.
Jeane Freeman said Sister Jordan "is a person who has perhaps up until now been better remembered in Serbia than in Scotland."
Other locations across the UK have been considered for similar transformations, including the The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, where owners said the 611 acre site “stands ready” should it be needed.
Jill Young, the temporary hospital's chief executive, said she wanted to express her thanks to everyone at the NHS Louisa Jordan for their hard work.
More than 5,000 people across Britain have so far lost their lives due to the deadly virus, while more than 50,000 have been infected.

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