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Welsh rugby's indoor training facility being turned into 290-bed field hospital

The Welsh Rugby Union's indoor training facility is being turned in a 290 bed field hospital to help doctors fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The indoor training facility is usually where Wales' rugby teams train. Credit: Cwm Taf health board

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board says work has already started to adapt the indoor training ground at the Vale Resort where Wales' rugby teams train.

The makeshift wards will provide 290 additional beds for patients during the pandemic.

The health board said It's part of work to add an additional 450 beds into the system.

It said they are repurposing some of community hospital wards and using locations such as nursing and care homes.

They also added they've increase critical care capacity to 75 beds and aim to have 150 available in the "coming weeks."

The health board said it hoped to announce two further sites for field hospitals soon.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB provides health services to 450,000 people living in the counties of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months.

It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.

– Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.

– Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO

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