LLANDUDNO'S Venue Cymru 'stands ready' should it be needed as a temporary hospital to treat patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The building, which has been handed over to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), has been transformed into Ysbyty Enfys (Rainbow Hospital).

BCUHB has worked in partnership with Venue Cymru, the local authority and contractors to rapidly establish the hospital - which is ready and well-equipped should it ever be needed.

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Inside the hospital - a sign showing wards A-E. All pictures: Conwy Council

In a video that has been released, Cllr Sam Rowlands, leader of Conwy County Borough Council, said: "So many people have put a lot of hard work into making this site available.

"All those workers on the ground, all those people behind the scenes working between ourselves, the council, with local health board BCUHB, thank you to all to all the work that has gone on to make this site available.

"Clearly, my wish I'm sure yours is too, that we'll never have to use this site but you need to know, this site is available incase we do."

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Beds inside Llandudno's new Rainbow Hospital

Mark Polin, chair of BCUHB, said: "It is because of the wider public adhering to social distancing and staying at home wherever they possibly can, that we find ourselves in a better position than we projected and I really would like to express my appreciation to members of the public who have done just that."

"It has really helped us to be ready for you."

As well as Venue Cymru, two other sites have been handed over to the health board Deeside Leisure Centre and Bangor University, which will also act as temporarily field hospitals.

The three sites will provide a combined 1,000 additional beds.

Darren Millar, MS for Clwyd West, told last week's Pioneer: "While it is very good news that the Rainbow Hospitals in North Wales have not yet been needed, we must continue to be vigilant and follow the guidance to ensure that this continues to be the case."