UK to open 4000 bed emergency hospital for coronavirus patients in London
London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Britain has announced that a new 4,000-bed hospital to treat coronavirus patients will open at the Excel Centre in London.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital is an emergency field hospital being built to cope with the UK’s escalating coronavirus pandemic, the government
It comes after the UK’s coronavirus death toll increased by 87 to 422. The hospital will contain two wards with 2,000 beds in each and is being set up with the help of the military.
On Monday, the Ministry of Defence revealed that a team of military planners visited the venue in east London’s Docklands to determine how it might be able to utilise the space.
Mr Hancock said: ‘We will, next week, open a new hospital, a temporary hospital, the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London. ‘The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people.
It comes as the Government issued a call for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS get through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Hancock said the new scheme would help the NHS and local services to support vulnerable people. “We’re seeking a quarter of a million volunteers to help the NHS for shopping, the delivery of medicines and supporting those who are shielded to protect their own health,” he said.
“The NHS volunteer responders is a new scheme set up so that people can come and help and to make sure that the NHS and local services that are needed get all the support that they can.”
It comes amid mounting concern at the virus gradually pushing Britain’s health service to crisis point.
Last week Northwick Hospital in Harrow, part of the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, declared a “critical incident” due to a surge in coronavirus patients. The Trust, which has reported six deaths related to coronavirus at Northwick Park, later stood down the alert.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham, both run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in south-east London, also reportedly turned away coronavirus patients due to strain on intensive care beds.
London evening paper, The Standard has learnt that at least seven doctors at University College London Hospitals, in Bloomsbury, are feared to have been infected.
NHS England’s national medical director Stephen Powis said it is “absolutely right” that sick patients in hospitals are tested first, but that “after that we absolutely need to be able to test our staff” to identify those who can continue working and those who have developed immunity.