The NHS Louisa Jordan is a temporary emergency care hospital located within the SEC Centre is Glasgow.
It was created alongside the NHS Nightingale hospitals in England as well as similar hospitals in Wales and Northern Ireland.
The hospital is operated by NHS Scotland and became clinically ready to treat patients on Monday 20th April.
The bed capacity of the hospital is 300 with capability to extend to accommodate 1,000 if the necessity arises.
The hospital is named after Glasgow born WWI nurse Sister Louisa Jordan who died on active service in Serbia in 1915.
Her great nephew Murray Crone stated:
“The members of our family have been very touched by the dedication, as we have been familiar with her story for many years.”
“It is so pleasing that she would be chosen now as a representative of all the volunteers in the Scottish Women’s Hospital during WW1, coping with a Typhus epidemic in Serbia.”
“And, of course, also representing all the present-day medical workers doing their utmost at this time, fighting against Covid-19.”
Construction and equipping the hospital is expected to cost approximately £43million.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“I want to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to the contractors and NHS Scotland staff who have come from across Scotland to work tirelessly to transform the SEC into the NHS Louisa Jordan. You are an inspiration to us all.
“The decision on patients being accepted at the NHS Louisa Jordan will be reviewed on a regular basis. I hope this facility will not be needed as, alongside the public’s continued efforts to stay at home, NHS Scotland has already taken steps to increase the number of NHS beds.
“The exceptional efforts of everyone involved in creating NHS Louisa Jordan during this unprecedented public health emergency will ensure this national facility will be able to treat patients from across Scotland, helping to save lives and protect our NHS.”
Chief Executive of NHS Louisa Jordan Jill Young said:
“Building the NHS Louisa Jordan has been an incredible effort. It has been a privilege to lead the project and I want to thank all those who have come from across the country to help us establish this national facility.
“The hospital stands ready to treat patients from across Scotland in a safe, effective and compassionate way, if required.”