Tottenham Hotspur have become the first Premier League club to use their stadium as a place that people can go to for COVID-19 testing, the club have announced.
The stadium’s huge basement car park is being used as a drive-through coronavirus testing centre for staff of North Middlesex University Hospital staff, their families and dependents.
Spurs’ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium becomes the first Premier League ground to open its doors for coronavirus testing, following on from other sporting venues across the globe, with 70 tests a day expected to be carried out between 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday.
On Monday, it was announced that North Middlesex had relocated its Women’s Outpatient Services to the stadium to free up much-needed capacity at the hospital itself to treat patients showing COVI19 symptoms whilst supporting the redirection of pregnant women away from the hospital during the crisis that is currently ongoing.
This decision has resulted in Spurs’ stadium being transformed for clinical use, with the club’s Media Entrance and Café now being used as a main reception and welfare area for visitors and NHS staff whilst the NFL Away changing room areas are now being used as a Maternal Day Unit.
Elsewhere, the club’s Flash interview rooms off of the players’ tunnel, where post-match TV interviews are normally carried out, as well as the referees’ area, are now being used as consultation and scanning rooms. As well as that,the football Away dressing room area is now being used as a Midwives Clinical Room and staff Admin Office.
On the decision to open Spurs’ stadium’s doors at such a crucial time, chairman Daniel Levy said:
“We are proud to be handing over our stadium to our wonderful NHS as we fight COVID-19 together.
“We reached out to the NHS and the Mayor of London’s Office when the pandemic first started to explore ways in which our stadium’s facilities could be of use, so we are pleased to see this now becoming a reality.
“I should like to commend staff at North Middlesex Hospital, along with our own Stadium Operations team, who have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to find solutions to transform our stadium for such a vital cause.”
Source: News update