Photos: Preparations underway at Mater Dei for more coronavirus cases

Mater Dei
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

There are preparations underway in Mater Dei Hospital, as the Health Authorities are aiming to have around 680 beds prepared for coronavirus patients.

The University Health Sciences Library, which makes part of the hospital, has been filled with beds. Up till a few days ago, this library was full of books and desks for students to make use of.

A Faculty of Health Sciences student took to Twitter to express her shock at seeing the library where she’s spent countless hours studying over the past years converted into a ward.

On the 12th of March, Newsbook.com.mt revealed that students were being asked to leave the Faculty of Medicine so that the hospital would be able to make the most of its space. Newsbook.com.mt had obtained a video showing the students leaving whilst the staff pack up the library books in boxes.

Photos published on the Mater Dei Facebook page today show some changes being made in the staff canteen.

We, at Mater Dei Hospital, are taking a number of precautionary proactive steps and coordinating our plans to prepare for the COVID-19 coronavirus.#materdei #hospital

Posted by Mater Dei Hospital on Friday, March 20, 2020

Minister for Health Chris Fearne announced that Malta will have 600 beds available for coronavirus patients. These include new beds, as well as beds which have been emptied because of patients being moved out of the hospital so as to cater for more coronavirus patients. There will be 80 beds in Gozo.

According to the Department of Health, Mater Dei has a total of 928 “inpatient beds.” There are more than 4,000 employees in the hospital.