The state-of-the-art Louisa Jordan Hospital, built in a few short weeks help to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, has become a key NHS training facility.

The new hospital switched to providing wider healthcare services after it was no longer deemed essential in the battle against COVID-19, the reason it was initially constructed, after the rise in the number of people taken seriously ill began to sharply decline.

Patricia Gibson MP commented:

“In July, more than 300 patients were seen for orthopaedic treatment, before it was announced that the Louisa Jordan would further expand to offer specialist dermatology treatment, as well as X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds.

“A clinical training hub was also constructed within the hospital, which has provided essential training to 733 students and staff members from NHS boards, universities and royal colleges.

“Plans are now in place to train 600 people each month in the Louisa Jordan, which the SNP Government will be keep open over the winter.

“We all hope there will be no ‘second spike’ in COVID-19 infections. If there is, the Louisa Jordan Hospital stands ready. If not, it will continue to play a vital role in Scotland’s NHS.”

Louisa Jordan Hospital chief executive Jill Young said:

“As a national resource for NHS Scotland, we are proud to play our part in ensuring that the training and education which is so important to staff and students from across the country is being provided in a safe, effective and timely manner.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, large numbers of key workers and medical students were left unable to undertake essential training or complete their qualifications.

“This would have had a significant impact on the ability of NHS Scotland to continue to provide the highest possible standard of care for patients and families as we continue to respond to the current situation.

“NHS Louisa Jordan has supported NHS Scotland and other learning institutions by providing a physically distant, safe venue to carry out key clinical skills and training.”


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