Independent hotels are being converted into temporary hospitals to provide the NHS with emergency bed space as well as accommodation for medical staff., with former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville stating that he will be opening his hotels free of charge to health workers. Neville co-owns The Stock Exchange hotel and Hotel Football at Old Trafford with ex-teammate Ryan Giggs.
“In the last week, we’ve been in consultation with the health services,” Neville said on Twitter. “Our 176 beds will be occupied by NHS workers and medical professionals…”
Wyboston Lakes Resort, which closed following government requirements, is also joining the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Jones, Managing Director of Wyboston Lakes Resort said: “We are already in talks with the NHS about some of our facilities being taken over in the short-term for those patients convalescing following surgery or illness. This in turn will free up valuable beds in hospitals for those COVID-19 patients who need them most…”
Manchester City FC also announced that the Etihad Stadium has been signed over for use by the NHS. The 55,000-seat stadium is likely to be used by the NHS to run training courses for staff involved on the frontline to treat the pandemic, according to Sky Sports. A temporary hospital is also being prepared at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.