By Scott Wright

HIGH street giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has thrown its weight behind the NHS in the battle against coronavirus in Scotland.

The retailer has revealed it will donate packs of clothing for patients at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, which was developed in just 18 days to help ensure the health service in Scotland has enough capacity to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The hospital, which is located in the Scottish Events Campus, has been able to receive patients from Monday (April 20).

M&S said yesterday that it is sourcing, packing and delivering clothing that it can donate to the hospital after exploring how it could help meet the needs of frontline staff and patients. The individual care packs it has been assembling contain a t-shirt, jumper, joggers, underwear and socks in a range of sizes.

David Bates, head of region for Scotland West at M&S, said: “We’re doing our bit to help the NHS in Scotland by focussing on what we do best - providing great clothes - in the hope we can make it just a little easier for our NHS heroes as well as the patients in their care.

“At a time when everyone is facing their own personal challenges and our own frontline colleagues, from the Borders to the Highlands are working round the clock – it is heartening to see the whole nation getting behind the fantastic NHS teams we’re relying on right now.

“We really are all in this together and I’m delighted we have been able to support Scotland’s new hospital during this time.”

Jill Young, chief executive of NHS Louisa Jordan, said: “Our contractors and NHS staff on site have been working around the clock to make sure we are ready to support the NHS in Scotland. During this time, the outpouring of support we have received has been incredible. Whether this is a donation of goods or services, or sending us kind messages online, these make such a difference to everyone here at NHS Louisa Jordan.”