BURTON Albion’s Pirelli Stadium will be used to help the NHS deliver important midwifery services during the current coronavirus crisis.
With hospitals under pressure due to the pandemic, the football club has made one of the suites at the Pirelli Stadium available for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton midwives to offer expectant and new mums care closer to their own homes.
The club has donated the facility to the trust for the foreseeable future.
Community midwives are now running clinics from Monday to Friday at the stadium, conducting antenatal checks for pregnant women and providing post-natal support, including heel prick tests, for new parents.
Andrea Smith, Senior Community Midwife, said: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the show of support we’ve received from the public in recent weeks and this is yet another example of this fabulous community spirit shining through.
“Having this additional location in the centre of Burton will allow us to see more of our expectant and new mums closer to their homes and offer them the antenatal and post-natal care that they need, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to Burton Albion for their support.”
The club has been able to make the Pirelli Stadium available for the NHS as Burton Albion staff are working remotely from home during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Fleur Robinson, Burton Albion Commercial Director, said: “We are proud and honoured to be able to provide our facilities to the Community Midwives at Queen’s Hospital Burton, to help support them in their vital work helping mothers and babies.
“Our focus at Burton Albion Football Club has always been about finding ways in which we can help our community, both as a club and with our Community Trust.
“While staff are working remotely from home, we want to find ways to utilise our facilities for that benefit and any way we can support our NHS and emergency services, and their fantastic staff, we will.
“We would also like to thank all NHS staff working locally and nationally for their incredible sacrifices and hard work at such a difficult time.
“In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidance of the NHS and the Government, in terms of remaining at home, washing hands thoroughly and continuing social distancing.”