Ellesmere Port Vauxhall plant could be used to make ventilators to combat coronavirus

The Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port could be used to build ventilators required to treat patients hospitalised by coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on manufacturing firms to shift production lines to help build the much needed the life-saving equipment for the NHS due to a shortage. On Tuesday morning, Vauxhall said it was in discussions with the government over using its Ellesmere Port plant to assemble ventilators in line with the PM’s request.

The company stressed that they were keen to assist in “any way we can”, to help solve the shortage of the vital equipment. A Vauxhall spokesperson said: “We are in contact with the UK Government regarding our Vauxhall manufacturing site in Ellesmere Port as a possible assembly location for the ventilators, we are keen to assist in any way we can.” Yesterday, vehicle manufacturer the PSA group announced that the plant was set to close until March 27 as it announced the closure of all its European plants in response to the coronavirus[1] outbreak. 

The ECHO[2] also understands Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Halewood could also be used to make ventilators. On Tuesday morning, Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that it had been approached by the government to assist with the production of ventilators. 

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The carmaker did not rule out potential future use of the facility in producing the vital medical equipment, however it did not say whether the Halewood plant was under consideration. A spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover said: “We have been approached for help with the production of ventilators as part of ongoing discussions with government.

“As a British company, naturally, we will do whatever we can to support our communities during these unprecedented times.”

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Officials at the Department for Health and Social Care have sent blueprints for producing the medical devices to Britain’s leading carmakers.

Vauxhall Astra at Ellesmere Port plant

Speaking at the weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the 5,000 ventilators the UK currently has at its disposal is not enough to cope with envisaged demand as more people are hospitalised as a result of contracting COVID-19.

As of Tuesday morning, there are 1,950 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 65 deaths.

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  1. ^ coronavirus (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ ECHO (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

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