NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, has opened today to treat coronavirus-infected patients.

The hospital has an initial capacity for 300 patients and this can be expanded to more than 1,000 beds based on demand.

For the hospital, beds and other equipment have been procured through NHS NSS national procurement in the same manner that all NHS Scotland equipment is sourced.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I want to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to the contractors and NHS Scotland staff who have come from across Scotland to work tirelessly to transform the SEC into the NHS Louisa Jordan. You are an inspiration to us all.

“The decision on patients being accepted at the NHS Louisa Jordan will be reviewed on a regular basis. I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s continued efforts to stay at home, NHS Scotland has already taken steps to increase the number of NHS beds.

“The exceptional efforts of everyone involved in creating NHS Louisa Jordan during this unprecedented public health emergency will ensure this national facility will be able to treat patients from across Scotland, helping to save lives and protect our NHS.”

NHS Louisa Jordan chief executive Jill Young said: “Building the NHS Louisa Jordan has been an incredible effort. It has been a privilege to lead the project and I want to thank all those who have come from across the country to help us establish this national facility.

“The hospital stands ready to treat patients from across Scotland in a safe, effective and compassionate way, if required.”

The hospital has been constructed and equipped with an investment of approximately £43m.

On 30 March, the government announced the construction of NHS Louisa Jordan to help ensure NHS Scotland has additional capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.

The hospital has been named after Glasgow born World War I nurse Sister Louisa Jordan, who died on active service in Serbia in 1915.

Any equipment that is unused or can be reused will be distributed to existing or new NHS facilities, said the health officials.