1. ITV Report

Plymouth Argyle offer stadium to NHS to deliver non-urgent health services

The club have moved to make the Mayflower Grandstand available for the NHS. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth Argyle's stadium will be used by the NHS to deliver routine NHS services during the coronavirus pandemic.

With football suspended until late April at the earliest, and staff working from home, the club have moved to make its Mayflower Grandstand available for the NHS to use for their community antenatal and phlebotomy (over 16) services.

The dressing room as well as other parts of the ground are being used by the NHS. Credit: ITV News West Country

A team of clinicians, and technical support staff from Argyle and the NHS, have been involved in the project to transform the stadium into a clinical environment which adheres to the necessary social distancing requirements.

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

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

The move to temporarily relocate lower risk, mobile services away from Derriford Hospital and GP practices is intended to allow for the continuation of important clinical interactions, without creating additional footfall to the traditional sites.

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, Local GP and Associate Medical Director for Primary Care at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

In addition to providing Home Park for NHS use in the short-term, the club also launched a crowdfunded campaign last week, with one match ticket donated to the NHS staff from Devon and Cornwall for every £100 raised.