Coronavirus: NEC ‘prepared and keen’ to be area hospital

Image caption The venue, near Birmingham Airport, hosts occasions together with Crufts

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is “ready and willing” to turn out to be a brief area hospital if required throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Birmingham web site, which host occasions together with Crufts, may see exhibition halls used to deal with sufferers.

NEC group chief govt Paul Thandi stated they had been “committed to playing our part” ought to the necessity come up.

On Tuesday it was introduced the ExCel Centre in London will turn out to be a area hospital with 4,000 beds.

The NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group stated a “national announcement” was anticipated, however was unable to present any additional particulars.

In an announcement, Mr Thandi stated: “As a cornerstone of the local people, we’re dedicated to taking part in our half in making certain the well being and wellbeing of everybody in our space.

“As such, we stand prepared and keen to assist our emergency providers – particularly at a time like this.

“The NEC is well equipped to be used as a support base if such need arises so please be assured, that if we are requested to do so, we can action this with immediate effect.”

Officials there are in touch with police, the native NHS Trust and the hearth service, he added.

Meanwhile, some 250,000 folks have signed up in a single day to volunteer with the NHS after a recruitment drive to assist the weak amid the disaster.

The helpers are wanted for delivering meals and medicines, driving sufferers to appointments and phoning the remoted.

The scheme is one in every of a quantity aimed toward relieving strain on the NHS.

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