The Principality Stadium will be turned into a 2,000-bed hospital to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board CEO Len Richards said: “Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has been planning and making preparations based upon the modelling and predictions of numbers of patients and admissions across a range of different scenarios, including best to reasonable case scenarios.
The Principality Stadium, the national stadium of Wales, is to be used as a field hospital for up to 2000 beds to help fight the #coronavirus.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 27, 2020
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“The assumptions have been well documented following publication by Imperial College, London last week and as a Health Board we felt it incumbent to ensure that we plan and prepare for all scenarios.
“It is difficult looking at the numbers to appreciate the size and the scale of the task ahead of us in the NHS. However we have been using the past few weeks’ wisely in order to put structures and processes in place across our main hospital sites, University Hospital Wales and University Hospital Llandough.
“In addition to this we have secured the Principality Stadium, Cardiff as a temporary field hospital with the capacity to hold up to an additional 2,000 beds.