Club facilitates COVID-19 testing at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Wed 15 April 2020, 14:06|Tottenham Hotspur
We are today sharing the first ever public images of the COVID-19 testing and swabbing operation taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The stadium’s huge basement car park is being used to conduct the drive-through COVID-19 operation for North Middlesex University Hospital staff, their families and dependents.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium becomes the first Premier League ground to be used for testing, following on from other sporting venues around the world, supported by 10 nurses between 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday.
As announced on Monday, North Middlesex has relocated its Women’s Outpatient Services to the stadium to free up much-needed capacity at the hospital itself to treat patients facing COVID-19 symptoms whilst supporting the redirection of pregnant women away from the hospital during the pandemic.
This has resulted in recognisable areas of our stadium being transformed for clinical use:
• Our Media Entrance and Café is now used as a main reception and welfare area for visitors and NHS staff.
• The NFL Away changing room areas are now used as a Maternal Day Unit.
• Our Flash interview rooms off of the players’ tunnel - where post-match TV interviews are normally conducted - as well as the referees’ area, are now used as consultation and scanning rooms.
• The football Away dressing room areas are now used as a Midwives Clinical Room and staff Admin Office.
The Women’s Outpatient Clinic operates Monday - Saturday and sees up to 70 patients visit every day with up to 30 staff on site at any one time.
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, 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."
Maria Kane, Chief Executive of North Middlesex Hospital, said: “We are so grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for providing their wonderful facilities for our staff, patients and local community during these difficult times.”