Mitie is supplying cleaning, catering, portering, security and waste management services at NHS Wales’s new Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig (Dragon’s Heart Hospital) in Cardiff.
Mitie employees will be based at the Principality Stadium, which has been adapted as a field hospital to support Cardiff & Vale UHB NHS with capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company is providing cleaning, catering, portering, security and waste management services. The hospital opened with a capacity of 300 patients on 12 April. At full capacity, it could accommodate up to 2,000 beds for patients – making it the UK’s second-largest temporary hospital.
More than 200 Mitie employees are already at the hospital, and there is the possibility of ramping up many more depending on the latest clinical advice and spread of the pandemic. Mitie is using its extensive experience in both healthcare FM and clinical waste management to ensure that these crucial services are running 24/7.
In addition to supporting Dragon’s Heart Hospital, Mitie also provides critical maintenance services for NHS Nightingale London at the ExCel Centre. This includes keeping all power, water, heating and lighting in full working order, plus waste management.
During the pandemic, Mitie employees such as cleaners, security officers and engineers, are based at hundreds of sites critical to keeping the UK moving, including hospitals, supermarkets, nuclear facilities, transport hubs, government locations, telecoms infrastructure, data centres and financial institutions.
Simon Venn, Mitie’s chief government and strategy officer, said: “We are immensely proud to be playing our part in the national effort to tackle coronavirus and supporting NHS Wales at such a critical time. We all know about, and applaud, the amazing and courageous work undertaken day and night by NHS doctors and nurses to combat the coronavirus pandemic across the UK. However, there are many other unsung heroes working tirelessly on the front line in an effort to save lives.”