In an unprecedented move, ExCeL London, an East London exposition centre, is currently being re-fitted with hundreds of beds and ventilators.
The makeshift hospital will initially have a capacity of 500 with a view to increase to several thousand should the need arise.
“Under these exceptionally challenging circumstances the NHS is taking extraordinary steps to fight Coronavirus. This will be a model of care never needed or seen before in this country.” Explains NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens.
The new NHS Nightingale Hospital will host nurses, doctors and other staff from across the country, as well military medics.
“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.” Says Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
NHS clinicians and managers are working with military planners and engineers to establish NHS Nightingale London.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, said: “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.”
“We are proud to be able to accommodate the increasing demand for hospital beds and will work with the NHS to facilitate this request. The team at ExCeL London will ensure that we work with the Government and relevant authorities to support their efforts in seeing the British people and the UK through this unprecedented crisis.” States Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London.
NHS Nightingale Hospital, London, will be ready to open its doors next week.
Nightingale Hospital will help support the NHS in its current fight against COVID-19