Army Helping Provide Extra Hospital Beds On Isle Of Wight

Personnel will help build in-patient accommodation at St Mary’s Hospital on the island.

Forty soldiers have been deployed to help provide 200 extra beds for coronavirus patients on the Isle of Wight.

The Scots Guards personnel arrived on the island at the weekend to help convert areas of St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, into in-patient accommodation.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said she is "glad to welcome the Scots Guards" to the island, which currently has 32 confirmed cases of coronavirus, to help with their fight against COVID-19".

"Having these brave men and women working alongside us will give us the extra support we need to get this huge amount of work done as quickly as possible," she added.

Soldiers bring briefed at Isle of Wight's St Mary's Hospital (Picture: Isle of Wight Council).

Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: "It is comforting to know that we now have the military’s aid for the plans we have to support our community throughout these unprecedented times."

The work taking part at St Mary’s hospital will see the Laidlaw Day Hospital, the Education Centre and the Outpatients Appointments and Records Unit turn into in-patient accommodation from those suffering from the virus.

Military aid has been present throughout the UK as bases in the north and south of the country are dedicated to providing helicopter support to the NHS.

The military were also instrumental in the quick conversion of London's ExCel centre into an NHS Nightingale hospital.

Cover image: Army personnel outside St Mary's Hospital (Picture: Isle of Wight Council).