Portakabin builds new Covid unit for York Hospital

22 Dec 2020 @ 5.44 pm
| News

Work has started on an additional Intensive Care Unit at York Hospital to help deal with the Covid crisis.

Portakabin is building a modular unit which will be placed in the grounds of the hospital.

The increase in cases of Covid-19 has demonstrated there is a real need for increased isolation rooms within critical care, said a York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson.

A sign opposite York Hospital on Wigginton Road

It will allow Covid-19 patients to be cared for away from other ICU patients and means there is less pressure on facilities treating non-Covid cases.

YorkMix has been told the £2.5 million pound purpose built facility will accommodate six isolation beds for critical care. 

The project is to be completed and operational by spring 2021.

York Central MP Rachael Maskell said: “Every winter the capacity of York Teaching Hospital is challenged, so securing additional ITU capacity will help ensure that people receive the therapeutic support they need.

“While Covid-19 has placed huge pressures on the NHS, to know that there will be more critical care beds will also assist with breaking the back of the waiting list backlog.

“NHS staff continue to work under considerable pressure and will continue to do so for some time, so please do all you can to reduce transmission of Covid-19 by keeping yourself and others safe.”