Grange University Hospital in Gwent, South Wales, UK has opened some of its sections approximately 12 months early to help cater to Covid-19 patients.

The early opening of the £350m hospital is said to be part of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s preparedness in addressing the ongoing pandemic.

Construction company Laing O’Rourke has completed multiple sections of the hospital, in alliance with development project and cost manager firm Gleeds.

According to estimates, more than 50% of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Wales are reported within the region.

To cater to these patients, the construction of the Grange University Hospital was expedited to make 384 new beds available.

Most of the ward blocks are in possession of a team from the National Health Service (NHS). The wards have been fitted with beds and equipment.

The ground floor of the diagnostic and treatment, including pathology, pharmacy, FM and mortuary departments, car parking and plant areas will enable NHS staff to treat at least 350 patients.

Laing O’Rourke project director Mike Lewis said: “Aneurin Bevan University Hospital Board had the foresight to ask us to bring our construction programme forward, creating 384 bed spaces as part of their preparations to tackle coronavirus in Wales.

“Our motivation to deliver key parts of The Grange for use a year ahead of schedule has been driven by our determination to provide vital NHS facilities and to support all those working in the NHS, to whom we owe so much.”

The Grange University Hospital can be fully functional and support the NHS along with acute services in South East Wales, based on the Covid-19 requirement.

Besides, work will be continued on the remaining sections of the facility, with an aim to complete build in 2021.