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Monday Mar 30, 2020

"Clearly the community needs us" - This famous rugby stadium is being turned into a temporary hospital

Workers are making rapid progress on converting Parc y Scarlets in Wales into a temporary hospital to provide extra beds for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Contractors have been working tirelessly since March 23 as they look to complete a project that will see up to 500 beds installed at three separate locations on the stadium site.

The biggest project is being undertaken at the Juno Moneta Indoor Arena training facility, which will house 252 beds. There will also be a hospital area in the Quinnell Lounge in the South Stand and the first floor concourse.

The overflow beds will help to ease the burden on hospitals in West Wales as they deal with the more serious cases of COVID-19. It is anticipated that the work will take approximately another two weeks to complete.

Scarlets, who are working in partnership with the Hywel Dda University Health Board and Carmarthenshire County Council, will be providing all the catering on site — potentially 1500 meals a day — with the project seeing a number of temporary staff employed.

“Things have progressed very quickly, “ said Scarlets general manager of rugby Jon Daniels. “We are aiming to be close to operational within a couple of weeks. It is a big task and a big challenge, but everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“We are creating somewhere in the region of 400-500 temporary hospital beds. We are creating bays with hospital beds, plumbing, electrics, air handling units and also doing the catering for the patients while they are here.”

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You can hear what else Daniels had to say, and view footage of the sites, in the video below.

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