A great start to the week, lots of colours and games.
Remember how we watched my son adding nurse call systems to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as it was converted into a 1,500-bed field hospital – known as the Dragon’s Heart Hospital – at the start of the pandemic and opened to patients at the end of April.
It had only had a maximum of 46 patients being cared for at one time and in June the site was placed on standby after coronavirus cases began to fall.
When the Dragon’s Heart Hospital was first set up it was designed to be a “step-up and step-down” hospital for patients coming to the end of their Covid-19 treatment, requiring rehabilitation and support, and those needing end of life palliative care – if hospitals couldn’t cope.
The pitch area was covered with a huge tent to house beds as the facility became Wales’ largest temporary hospital, and the UK’s second largest.
Corridors once full of fans and stewards were replaced with nurses’ stations and monitoring equipment, function rooms normally packed full of business people were turned into wards, while coveted boxes overlooking the pitch were full of hospital beds.
Now it is to be decommissioned [so rugby can return]and replaced with a new 400-bed modular build surge inpatient facility on site at University Hospital of Wales.
All the nurse call systems have been stripped out of the Principal and today Simon and his team have returned to Wales to re-install at the new three storey modular build below.