HUNREDS of patients have received orthopaedic treatment in the NHS Louisa Jordan as part of a pilot, the First Minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Government Covid-19 briefing that 300 patients have received treatment, and the number of people to be seen as part of the scheme will now be expanded.

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The First Minister added that the temporary hospital will also offer X-rays and other medical imaging services.

She said: "By doing so, it will help us to reduce hospital waiting times and improve outcomes for patients, and will ensure that we're making use of a facility created to help us deal with Covid but not, at this stage, required for that."

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The NHS Louisa Jordan was constructed at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in April but was not needed to treat any coronavirus patients.

The hospital is named after Louisa Jordan, a First World War nurse from Glasgow who lost her life in Serbia.