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100 more critical care nurses needed at Morriston Hospital, says Nurse Director

Mark Madams is the Nurse Director at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Swansea's biggest hospital is appealing for critical care trained nurses to come forward to help in the coronavirus response.

Morriston Hospital said it needs an extra 100 nurses, who have worked in intensive care, to meet the expected demand because of the virus.

Mark Madams, the Nurse Director at the hospital said refresher courses are available.

We have retrained 300 of our nursing staff to understand and care for our critical care patients. However we are very shirt of critical care trained nurses. So if there are any critical care nurses out there who have been in intensive care previously, they'd be very welcome to pick up any shifts and join us here in Morriston.

– Mark Madams, Nurse Director

The Nurse Director, is urging people to contact the hospital.

Work is already underway at Parc y Scarlets to create up to 500 extra beds. Credit: Carmarthenshire County Council

It comes a further 13 people were confirmed to have diedfrom the virus as of Saturday.

2,853 people have been infected in Wales, but Public Health Wales said the true number is likely to be higher.

Preparations have been taking place to meet an expected rise in demand for hospital beds since the three-week government lockdown.

Stadiums, venues and university facilities across the country are being transformed into field hospitals to be in use within weeks. Principality Stadium, Venue Cymru, and Parc Y Scarlets are just some of the sites being transformed.