- Works in the installation of field hospital equipment in IFEMA
- The company’s engineers have been working in the development of an app to fight the coronavirus as well as medical equipment using 3D printing
- Builds the first Express Test Centers in the Balearic Islands
Ferrovial is intensifying the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 by strengthening its cooperation with the Administration, both by performing its regular activities and also by providing its capabilities and resources on a pro bono basis. In its capacity as a construction company and also as a service provider and innovator, the company is working on a number of initiatives to curb the pandemic.
The company has also mobilized its construction and design capabilities to build fast testing centers. The first centers have been built in Manacor and Inca, in the Balearic Islands. The COVID-express centers allow to gather between 70 and 80 daily tests inside the vehicle. The designs will enable 10 such centers to be built in 48 hours anywhere in the country.
Construction capacity to fight a pandemic
The company has also offered to convert public buildings, such as sports pavilions and trade fairs, into healthcare facilities. It is working with the Madrid Regional Government’s Ministry of Health and the Military Emergency Unit (UME) to install a field hospital in IFEMA, Madrid’s trade fair, in order to deal with the large number of cases of coronavirus in the region. 60 Ferrovial professionals are assembling 500 beds in the facility, which will ultimately hold 5,500 beds, making it the largest hospital in Europe.
The company could also build a field hospital with capacity for 250 beds.
Also, through its procurement channels, the company has placed an initial order for respirators that will be donated to hospitals.
Innovation at the service of the authorities
Ferrovial is also working on a pro bono basis, alongside such companies as Telefónica, Goggo Network and Google, under the leadership of Carto, ForceManager and Mendesaltaren, at the service of the Madrid Regional Government and the Government of Spain to develop the www.coronamadrid.com website.
And the company’s Digital Hub is working with a “maker” initiative to create assisted breathing devices using 3D printing and electronics.
So far, two prototypes of HelpAir have paased different hospital tests. The group includes teams from other companies like Sngular as well as a community of 300 makers, doctors, etc.
Ferrovial is also participating in a group at Parque Tecnológico de Jaén using 3D printing to make personal protection equipment such as masks and face shields. Up to 400 masks could be produced daily with the collaboration of individuals and other companies.
Supporting Health Services
Ferrovial, through subsidiary Smart Hospital Cantabria (SHC), which delivers services at Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander (Spain), and SerranoPark, a Madrid car park part-owned by Cintra, have allocated a total of 830 parking spaces free of charge for use by healthcare personnel during the state of alarm declared as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
SHC reached an agreement with the Valdecilla hospital management and Eysa to offer hospital workers 480 parking spaces free of charge in the Valdecilla Sur car park. This will provide an easier commute for the people in the front line fighting the pandemic and give the greatest possible protection to those who take care of citizens’ health.
SerranoPark has adopted the protocol signed by Madrid City Government and the Madrid Regional Government and has allocated 350 of its 947 parking spaces on a pro bono basis for use by healthcare personnel from public or private hospitals who need them during the state of alarm.
Free TV for patients hospitalized with coronavirus
Additionally, since persons hospitalized with coronavirus are not allowed to receive visits or leave their rooms, SHC is waiving the charge for TV use in their rooms so that they can be informed and entertained while in hospital.
SHC will continue to work with Valdecilla to consider any other initiatives that may alleviate problems arising in the hospital complex as a result of the pandemic.
Ferrovial continues to deliver its services, which are classified as essential, after the declaration of the state of alarm due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These critical services include ambulance transport, hospital maintenance and cleaning, street cleaning, and waste collection and treatment, all of which are essential for day-to-day operations.
Ferrovial professionals serve more than 25 million citizens throughout Spain. Over 8,000 employees work in the healthcare area, handling health emergency phone lines, providing cleaning and disinfection, and maintaining the country’s main hospitals and health centers, totaling more than 40,000 beds. The company’s employees also run ambulances, medical emergency response and home telecare services.