Sheffield City Trust (SCT) has confirmed it is working with the NHS to help Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) take delivery of around 1,800 new beds.
The Trust, which manages 13 sports and leisure venues across the city via its operating company SIV, says the FlyDSA Sheffield Arena is being used to store old beds to allow STH space for their new consignment.
Andrew Snelling, chief executive of SCT, said: “It is important that at this time all city organisations work together across a variety of sectors. We were only too pleased to assist Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in this way and the old beds are now safely stored.
“Contrary to reports in some sections of the media there are no plans for the Arena to be another Nightingale hospital. But we stand ready to work with STH, Sheffield City Council and the NHS during the outbreak of COVID-19.
“The health and wellbeing of the people of Sheffield is at the heart of everything we do. We made the decision to close our venues on March 17, ahead of government guidelines which were issued on March 20, and we continue to monitor advice from the relevant authorities.”
Kirsten Major, chief executive at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, posted on Twitter:
“We are very grateful to FlyDSA Arena Sheffield who are working with us to provide additional logistics capacity at this time.”
“Before COVID-19 started we had ordered circa 1,800 new beds for our hospitals as part of a planned replacement scheme because our beds are over 10 years old and becoming inefficient to repair. We can no longer dispose of the old beds as we would normally do and need the space in our own stores for other supplies at this time.
“The arena team have been amazing in offering to store the old beds until they can be disposed of once the outbreak is over. Thank you FlyDSA Arena Sheffield team for all your incredible support.”