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Plymouth Argyle offer up stadium for NHS services

Low risk appointments will be conducted at Home Park Credit: Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle will be offering up its football stadium for routine NHS services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The club says it has teamed up with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust to make their Mayflower Grandstand available for community antenatal and over 16 phlebotomy services.

A team of clinicians and Argyle staff have worked to transform Home Park into a clinical environment.

In line with our Vision and Values as a club for the region, the Argyle community feels duty-bound to support local services in this time of need.

With staff currently working from home and no football in the immediate future, offering up Home Park for the use of the NHS is, we feel, our civic duty.

We would like to place on record our gratitude and respect to front-line healthcare workers who continue to go above and beyond to keep our communities safe and healthy.

– Andrew Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer
Football at Home Park is suspended until April 30 at the earliest Credit: PA

The move means important, lower risk appointments can continue without creating added footfall at Derriford Hospital and GP practices.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to Plymouth Argyle for their generosity and support in bringing this concept to reality. The task of converting the Grandstand into a temporary clinic has been a team effort. Planning and delivering this in little over a week is a breath-taking achievement and testament to the strong partnership working between the club and the local NHS.

– Dr Jonathan Cope, Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust