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The new NHS Nightingale Hospital to fight coronavirus

The hospital, based at the ExCeL conference centre in East London, will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. The capacity will then continue to increase, potentially up to several thousand beds, should it be required.

Images of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, at the Excel Centre in London. The COVID-19 pandemic creates threats and uncertainties of a magnitude that is difficult to grasp. It requires a radical response, the likes of which the NHS has never seen, or contemplated, before.

Elements from 1 Royal Anglian Regiment and Queen’s Gurkha Engineer Regiment, part of 36 Engineer Regiment, arrived at the London’s Excel centre to support the build of the NHS’s Nightingale Hospital.

The UK’s Armed Force’s have recently been stood up as part of the COVID-19 Support Force to assist government departments. Efforts have been ramped up to ensure the NHS Nightingale Hospital can open this week.

 “Our military planners and engineers are working hand in hand with the NHS to support their development of the NHS Nightingale Hospital. The Armed Forces have already been distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet the increased demand and we stand ready to assist further in any capacity needed. The NHS and our Armed Forces are both world leaders in their fields, and this ambitious project is just one example of what can be achieved when they come together to help the nation.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace 

The ExCeL London Centre is being refitted to take hundreds of beds with oxygen and ventilators..

The NHS Nightingale Hospital will draw nurses, doctors and other staff from across the health service, as well as a number of military medics will also tend to patients. The majority will be NHS staff.

“In the face of this unprecedented global emergency, we are taking exceptional steps to increase NHS capacity so we can treat more patients, fight the virus and save lives. I applaud the NHS, engineers, and the military for their continued work on setting up the new NHS Nightingale Hospital so it is ready to open its doors – a remarkable feat in these challenging circumstances.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock 

Military personnel have been involved in the planning stages and continue to support NHS England by providing infrastructure, logistics and project management advice.



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