Our volunteers supporting Dragon’s Heart Field Hospital

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Our volunteers are working side-by-side with NHS Wales, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and other organisations to deliver front line assistance at the new Principality Stadium Field Hospital Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig – Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

Working in a variety of roles our volunteers will be supporting essential services our including; first aid and care, patient transport and logistical support.

Volunteers from across our organisation are currently being ‘upskilled’ to ensure they are fully trained and ready to respond.

‘Phase A’ of the build concluded over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, which means the relief hospital is now in a position to open its doors with the first 350 beds in the coming days.

But it’s not just Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig – the Dragon’s Heart Hospital that our volunteers will be supporting. It’s anticipated that their care and support may also be needed at a number of other field hospitals currently being set up by a health boards across Wales.


“Wales and the wider UK are facing a truly challenging time and the resilience and support we have had from our volunteers during this has been truly remarkable.

“We know this situation will get worse before it gets better but we also know we will continue to be there for people when they need us,” he added.

St John Ambulance Cymru Director of Operations, James Shaughnessy


"I’d like to thank the St John Ambulance Cymru, Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Council and Cardiff Blues for their commitment to the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig Hospital.

We have never undertaken a project this big before and in such a short space of time.  We are planning on the basis of what we think we might need to ensure we are as ready as we can be. 

I sincerely hope we don’t need to use all of the capacity but it is far better to have developed plans based upon the scientific evidence and modelling of the experts.” 
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Chief Executive, Len Richards 

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Published April 28th 2020

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