HMS Queen Elizabeth: Ventilators

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ventilators that may be used to support people with covid-19 there are on board the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are currently six ventilators held on board HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH as part of the Role 2 Afloat Medical Facility equipment holdings. For this period of Operational Sea Training, there is no requirement to have a full complement of secondary healthcare personnel embarked to deliver a Role 2 Afloat Medical Facility. Plans are in place that, should a member of the ship's company become unwell and require a higher level of care, while in UK waters that patient would be evacuated from the ship to an appropriate NHS facility.

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