Work is under way to convert part of Scarlets' training ground into a temporary hospital ward amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, will provide additional bed space for hundreds of people on the turf of its indoor training pitch, described by the club as the Barn, with the aim of being ready for an anticipated peak in demand in May.

The wooden foundations of the makeshift ward now cover the green turf of the pitch, normally used by Welsh side Scarlets, and will soon be under the management of doctors and nurses from Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Carmarthenshire County Council has also commissioned contractors to turn Carmarthen Leisure Centre, and indoor bowls hall the Selwyn Samuel Centre into temporary bed space for the NHS.

Council leader Emlyn Dole said: "It is impressive to see both the scale of work and the pace at which staff are working to get these facilities ready.

"Not one of us wishes we were ever in this position but I want to thank our officers, contractors and staff at each venue for working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis."

Meanwhile Swansea have offered the Liberty Stadium to the emergency services should they need extra space amid the pandemic.

The Sky Bet Championship club will also make free match tickets available to National Health Service workers and other key personnel when the football season resumes.

"It is vital the football club tries to help the community where it can to get through this difficult period, while at the same time recognising and paying our gratitude to those people still working to protect and assist us via the likes of the NHS, emergency services, voluntary, food and medical sectors," Swansea chairman Trevor Birch said in a club statement.

"We have offered the Liberty Stadium to the emergency services if they need additional space and resources to deal with the current situation, while we will ensure that we make at least 1,000 free match tickets available to NHS workers and other key personnel once the fixture programme restarts."