Temporary hospital at Warsaw Expo centre to be operational by Nov. 16

The hospital will be organised by the Military Institute of Medicine with staffing provided by the army's personnel service. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The Polish Army will establish a temporary hospital to tackle COVID-19 infection at Warsaw's EXPO XXI centre, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has decided, with the ministry's Operational Centre announcing on Saturday that it will be operational by Nov. 16.

The temporary hospital will admit patients requiring continued hospital treatment, both those in need of intensive care and of conservative treatment, the Ministry of Defence said.

In the first phase of the hospital's operation, it will have 300 beds with a further 300 in the second phase. According to army assessments, the building in Warsaw's western Wola district has a capacity of up to a thousand beds.

"The hospital will be built in a modular way," the Ministry of Defence's Operational Centre wrote in a press release. "It's an innovative construction enabling the most efficient use of medical staff. One module can accommodate from twelve intensive care units, up to as many as thirty dedicated to conservative treatment."

The army said the temporary hospital would ensure a high quality of care as well as guaranteeing the security of patients and medical staff. "Treatment in it will be the equivalent of treatment in a regular hospital," the release said.

The new facility will treat patients from Warsaw and the region referred from other hospitals on the basis of organ failure or other criteria for admission to intensive care.

The hospital will be organised by the Military Institute of Medicine with staffing provided by the army's personnel service.