The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have said that military planners have visited the Excel Centre to determine to turn it into a military field hospital to help the overstretched NHS.
On Sunday the military planners visited the Excel site, which is a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport.
According to The Telegraph the Excel site is “one of many earmarked” and “The Queen Elizabeth Centre is another. It’s simple to convert, centrally located, easy to protect.”
The British Army are also to be bought in to help the NHS with deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Hospital trusts have been told the army will provide PPE, such as gloves, face masks, protective suits, safety glasses and aprons, to NHS staff who are fighting this virus at the frontline.
NHS England said “millions more items” of PPE have been delivered to hospitals, ambulances among others.
The NHS said the army will “play its part” this week to help “manage and offload supplies in the busy NHS settings.”
Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer for the NHS, said: “We need massively increased, urgent volume of these supplies to the frontline in this exceptional set of circumstances.
“Working with our partners, we are now seeing much increased capacity, and a more responsive supply chain to help take us through the coronavirus outbreak. We are extremely grateful for the Army’s support in doing so.”
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said, “In the face of this unprecedented global emergency, never has the need to bolster our workforce and arm them with the vital tools they need to save lives been more crucial.
“We are taking urgent action to ensure dedicated frontline NHS and social care staff – who are working tirelessly to tackle this outbreak – feel supported.
“We are working round the clock to make sure trucks are on the ground across the country delivering protective equipment to all who need it, so they are well-equipped to continue to fight the virus.”
After working a weekend shift at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, coronavirus cases are rapidly growing across the capital, said Dr Allin-Khan
She further warned the UK is heading for a disaster.
The doctor wrote about his experiences and said there is “little we can do” and victims are dying in front of his eyes.