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Welsh RFU, Plymouth Argyle offer stadia to NHS

The Principality Stadium, Wales’ national stadium, could be used to help authorities tackle coronavirus.

The Welsh Rugby Union [WRU] has approached the Welsh Government and the National Health Service about use of the facility.

The Cardiff stadium has served as a temporary hospital for use of St John and South Wales Ambulance Services. A WRU spokesperson said:

We have approached the authorities and they’re aware that our facilities will be made available if and when required. We’ve worked alongside the authorities over many years at our events and they’re familiar with the stadium.

This is an incredibly fast moving and challenging time, the authorities were grateful for us getting in touch and we continue working together to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Argyle will be offering up its football stadium for routine NHS services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The club says it has teamed up with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust to make their Mayflower Grandstand available for community antenatal and over 16 phlebotomy services.

A team of clinicians and Argyle staff have worked to transform Home Park into a clinical environment.

Andrew Parkinson, CEO said:

In line with our Vision and Values as a club for the region, the Argyle community feels duty-bound to support local services in this time of need.

With staff currently working from home and no football in the immediate future, offering up Home Park for the use of the NHS is, we feel, our civic duty.

We would like to place on record our gratitude and respect to front-line healthcare workers who continue to go above and beyond to keep our communities safe and healthy.