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Wybone further increases production to support new field hospitals

The current rise in coronavirus related hospital admissions is unfortunately growing by the day, as is the requirement for hospital beds; a demand that many hospitals simply cannot meet. In these uncertain times, we have witnessed the coming together of exhibition venues, leisure centres and NHS organisations to offer support and vital space, in order to build ‘field hospitals’ that can be used to treat and quarantine the sickest of patients.

Due to the current demand, we have completely ceased production of all other products to put our manufacturing engineers where they are most needed, forming one big sack holder production team at our factory in Barnsley. Since the crisis began, we have done everything we can to increase production and secure vital stock components in order to continue producing as many sack holder bins as possible, with urgent orders coming in every day.

Last week we announced that we had introduced a new production line to double our capacity and this week we are proud to say we have added another one! We’ve managed to implement another line which has given us the capabilities to produce up to 400 sack holders for the NHS, every day.

The Scottish Exhibition Centre (SEC) will be opening with space for up to 1,000 patients next week, specifically to help fight coronavirus. We have provided NHS Scotland with 700 sack holders to help furnish the field hospital with vital PPE bins. We have also provided NHS Supply Chain with 2,000 sack holders, to be put to use in the new NHS Nightingale Hospital which has been set up at the ExCel London exhibition centre

Furthermore, we’ll be manufacturing our Capsule sack holders for use in various new field hospitals throughout Wales.

The Welsh health boards have a number of field hospitals being quickly set up to cope with the patient demand. We have provided 1,100 of our Hybrid Sack Holders to the new Grange University Hospital, part of Aneurin Bevan, as well as over 400 for Hywel Dda and a further 80 for Cwm Taf. We have also provided 100 Metal Sack Holders for Swansea Bay during this time.

It was announced this week that Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli is being converted to offer 350 beds for Hywel Dda and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire will become a recovery centre with 144 beds.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg will be repurposing their community hospital to provide 450 extra beds and The Vale Resort – a Welsh rugby union training facility will house 290 beds. In these unprecedented times, the offices from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be used to house 150 hospital beds.

In Swansea Bay, a total of 1,340 temporary beds will be housed at Llandarcy Academy of Sport and Bay Studios. There will be 340 more at a sports academy in Neath Port Talbot.

At Wybone we appreciate our NHS Heroes and all key workers, which is why we will keep working to manufacture as many clinical bins as we can, to help fight Covid-19.