Temporary coronavirus testing stations could be built at a private hospital in Reading.

Spire Dunedin Hospital wants to install four temporary portacabins on car parking space at the Bath Road hospital.

The hospital is seeking temporary planning approval from Reading Borough Council (RBC) to install the buildings for one year, after which they will be removed.

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The portacabins will provide Covid-19 testing for the private hospital’s patients, and will mean patients do not have to enter the main hospital building, limiting the infection rate.

Spire Dunedin Hospital anticipates lower use of the hospital during the pandemic and so does not believe reducing the amount of car parking space will be an issue.

The buildings will be provided by Portakabin and pre-built in York.

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Portakabin buildings have been chosen for their flexibility as they can be installed quickly, enabling the hospital to begin using it much more quickly than a traditional build, and can easily be removed from the site.

Spire Dunedin Hospital, part of the Spire Healthcare network, has been serving the Reading community for over 100 years as a first-class medical facility.

Based in the heart of Reading, on Bath Road, Spire Dunedin Hospital treats NHS, insured, and self-funding patients.

Spire Healthcare plc is the second largest provider of private healthcare in the United Kingdom.