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Welsh stadium helps with coronavirus crisis

Scarlets Rugby have been working together with Carmarthenshire County Council in Wales and the Hywel Dda University Health Board to provide additional beds, if needed, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various Parc y Scarlets locations, including the Juno Moneta Indoor Arena, are being converted for the use of the NHS over the coming days with provision for up to 500 beds at the stadium.

Scarlets general manager of rugby Jon Daniels said:

Community has always been a huge part of what the Scarlets is about and in unprecedented times like these communities stick together. The health service and workers are doing an incredible job in challenging circumstances and we are happy to be offering help and support in any way we can.

We would urge everyone to follow the latest NHS advice on protecting themselves from the virus, particularly to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel.

Carmarthenshire County Council is working with the health authority to put hundreds of additional beds in place in the event they will be required by the NHS over the coming weeks.

Contractors have been commissioned to convert spaces at Carmarthen Leisure Centre and – with the support of Llanelli Town Council – the Selwyn Samuel Centre, while Parc y Scarlets has also offered a large part of its site and buildings for free to the local authority.

Dr Phil Kloer, medical director and deputy chief executive at Hywel Dda, said:

Delivering these additional beds for patients will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from our local authority partner to help make this happen.

We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.