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Covid-19: Hospital converts staff canteen into surge ward

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 11 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o59

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  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

Medical staff at Royal Preston Hospital are no longer able to access hot meals from their staff canteen because it has been turned into a surge covid ward.

Charters Restaurant at the hospital is usually open from 8 am to 11 am and noon to 2 pm on weekdays but closed on 4 January so the space could be converted into a surge ward housing 50 beds. A physiotherapy gym is also being repurposed.

The hospital …

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