Exterior shot of the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the SEC Centre in Glasgow

Legacy of NHS Louisa Jordan

Temporary hospital and vaccine centre’s significant impact during 2020

The NHS Louisa Jordan, established to help ensure NHS Scotland to had extra capacity to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic has now closed to all patients.

This announcement means that all NHS services will now end in order to convert the SEC back into an events venue for COP26 - the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

NHS Louisa Jordan was constructed in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) and stood ready to accept patients from 20 April 2020. Thanks to the public’s continued efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, the NHS Louisa Jordan was not required to treat COVID inpatients.

Since July 2020, however, the hospital played a crucial role in supporting the remobilisation of NHSScotland, carrying out over 32,000 healthcare appointments, and training more than 6,900 healthcare staff and students. Additionally, the site supported the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service, providing facilities for more than 500 donations to be made.

The NHS Louisa Jordan site will have also undertaken over 370,000 vaccines to members of the public as well as health and social care staff.

Jill Young, Chief Executive of NHS Louisa Jordan, added: "With the closure of both the hospital and vaccination centre, NHS Louisa Jordan leaves an incredible and lasting legacy for the people of Scotland.

“So far a total of £4M worth of equipment has been redistributed across other NHS Boards and health care teaching colleges. From our experience, we have also developed a fully comprehensive Delivery and Operational Manual to ensure that our health service can quickly and efficiently respond should there ever be a future need for an emergency hospital.

“We cannot express big enough thank you to everyone involved in the lifespan of NHS Louisa Jordan. Through set up, providing outpatients, diagnostic imaging services and vaccinations – they have made a real and positive difference to the lives of so many people from across the country in what has been an anxious, challenging time for all.”