COVID-19 press briefing held at UCLH’s new hospital 

04/11/2020 00:00 
The chief executive of the NHS held a COVID-19 press conference at University College Hospital’s Grafton Way Building.

The new building, which will soon be opening to patients, will create one of Europe’s largest centres for the treatment of blood cancers, including a critical care unit for cancer patients. It will also have a hyper-modern surgical service, with eight theatres for orthopaedic, ear nose and throat and oral surgery. The hospital will be COVID-19 protected.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens was joined at the press briefing by Steve Powis, national medical director, and Dr Alison Pittard, consultant in intensive care medicine and dean at the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

During the press briefing, they said that the health service was facing a very serious situation with rising cases of COVID-19 and, as a result, the NHS was being put into the highest level of emergency preparedness.

UCLH chief executive Marcel Levi said: “While the COVID-19 situation is extremely serious, we would like to reassure our patients that we have robust plans in place to ensure that patients who need treatment are seen. This includes opening our new Grafton Way Building which will be COVID-19 protected hospital soon.”

They also took the opportunity to thank NHS staff for their hard work and encouraged the public to follow the latest restrictions to help the NHS.

Due to social distancing rules, journalists dialled into the press conference rather than being present on site.​

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