Decommissioning Of Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital Announced
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have announced plans to decommission Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital during the autumn.
Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital, the second-largest field hospital in the UK, was constructed as part of NHS Wales’ response to Covid-19. The hospital is an example of how Cardiff and Vale UHB worked collaboratively with WRU, Cardiff Blues, Mott MacDonald, ES Global and contractors to design, build and deliver a hospital in just two weeks to protect and treat the communities of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The temporary hospital extended the Health Board’s capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 patients if required.
The hospital opened on 20th April and received its first patient on 28th April, with 46 patients being admitted to the hospital during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is testament to the dedication of the general public in following the guidance to ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives’ that prevented Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital needing to be utilised at the level to which had originally been predicted.
The decision to decommission Ysbyty Calon Y Ddraig, Dragon’s Heart Hospital is in line with Cardiff and Vale UHB’s agreement with WRU and the continuation of the Health Board’s plans to coexist with Covid-19, which follow Welsh Government’s modelling on the trajectory of the virus. Work has begun to reinstate specific areas back to WRU and Cardiff Blues, as part of a phased decommissioning plan. Cardiff and Vale UHB will hand the stadium back to WRU at the end of October, when work will begin to reinstate the Principality Stadium ahead of plans for the Six Nations to take place in the stadium from February 2021.
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