Hospital stands operationally ready to treat patients if required.
Construction work will conclude today at the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.
From Monday 20 April 2020, the hospital will be equipped and clinically ready to treat patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, if required.
It is hoped the hospital will not be needed thanks to the public’s continued efforts to stay at home and the other measures that are being taken to increase the number of NHS Scotland beds.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“I want to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to the contractors and NHS Scotland staff who have come from across Scotland to work tirelessly to transform the SEC into the NHS Louisa Jordan.
“You are an inspiration to us all.
“The decision on patients being accepted at the NHS Louisa Jordan will be reviewed on a regular basis.
“I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s continued efforts to stay at home, NHS Scotland has already taken steps to increase the number of NHS beds.
“The exceptional efforts of everyone involved in creating NHS Louisa Jordan during this unprecedented public health emergency will ensure this national facility will be able to treat patients from across Scotland, helping to save lives and protect our NHS.”
Chief Executive of NHS Louisa Jordan Jill Young said:
“Building the NHS Louisa Jordan has been an incredible effort.
“It has been a privilege to lead the project and I want to thank all those who have come from across the country to help us establish this national facility.
“The hospital stands ready to treat patients from across Scotland in a safe, effective and compassionate way, if required.”