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Emergency coronavirus ward being built on hospital car park

  • Video report by Ann O'Connor

An emergency ward is being built on a hospital car park in Greater Manchester. to cope with an expected influx of Covid-19 patients.

It is hoped the specialist coronavirus unit at Wigan Infirmary will be up and running in the first week in May and will provide an extra 52 beds.

Silas Nicholls, chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're moving at breakneck speed to get this facility up and clinically operating within the next six weeks.

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"It's really important that we have this facility because we know the number of patients with the virus is going to increase and it's going to increase dramatically.

"We have taken steps already to increase our capacity across all our hospital sites but my feeling is and the feelings of my senior clinical advisers is we need more of that capacity. This will give us another 52 beds at a vital time.

"The other reason why it is important is that we know we're going to need more critical care beds and again what this facility will do is to allow us to increase our critical care facilities at a vital time."

– Silas Nicholls, chief executive

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