More than £1m worth of equipment from NHS Louisa Jordan has been distributed to benefit patients across the country.
Five hundred bed bays have also been put away in storage in case there’s a “future need for an emergency hospital”.
The £70m temporary hospital, which was located within the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, closed in March to outpatients, diagnostic appointments and clinical training after having played a critical role in the fight against Covid-19.
The hospital carried out more than 32,000 healthcare appointments, trained more than 6900 healthcare staff and students, and vaccinated around 175,000 people.
Vaccinations continued into April before moving to The SSE Hydro.
Following its decommissioning, NHS Louisa Jordan resources have been used to:
- Further equip a range of services in the Western Isles, Forth Valley, Fife, Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Tayside.
- Set up the NHS Louisa Jordan vaccination facilities at The SSE Hydro.
- Help NHS Lothian vaccination facilities.
- Further equip the new NHS Scotland Covid testing laboratories.
- Support NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to continue providing the Heart Failure service it started within NHS Louisa Jordan to help waiting times for patients.
- A complete package of equipment has also been earmarked for NHS Highland for new facilities at Skye, Aviemore, and the new National Treatment Centre in Inverness.
Jill Young, chief executive of NHS Louisa Jordan, said: “Up until March 2021, NHS Louisa Jordan has been supporting the remobilisation of NHS Scotland services by carrying out much needed outpatient and diagnostic appointments, training and research.
“Now we will also be providing equipment to existing, redesigned and new health facilities across the whole of Scotland.
“The impact and benefit to patient care is immeasurable and is a legacy that will go far beyond those who have been seen or vaccinated at the SEC in Glasgow.”
This distribution is just the first tranche of equipment being earmarked for health and social care facilities across Scotland.
A vital element of the NHS Louisa Jordan programme is ensuring plans and resources are there for future contingencies.
An NHS Scotland spokesperson said: “As such, NHS Scotland will be storing and retaining 500 bed bays, along with supplementary infrastructure equipment from the hospital along with a fully comprehensive delivery and operational manual to ensure that our health service can quickly and efficiently respond should there ever be a future need for an emergency hospital.”
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