In Friday’s update from the government on their evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced that two new field hospitals will be built regionally in the UK, in addition to the Nightingale hospital which is due to open within days.
With the UK coronavirus rate of infection doubling every three to four days at the moment, it has become necessary for a further two NHS field hospitals to begin construction.
Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said this evening that there would be ‘further such hospitals to follow.’
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But where are the new hospitals being built in the UK and where is the NHS Nightingale hospital?
Where is the NHS Nightingale hospital?
Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who is now in self-isolation with mild symptoms of coronavirus, unveiled the NHS Nightingale field hospital is being constructed at London’s ExCel Centre.
This first NHS field hospital, which will have the capacity for 4,000 beds, will open next week and has been set up with the help of the British military.
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.’
Where are the new hospitals being built in the UK?
The two new NHS field hospitals announced Friday evening will be built in Birmingham and Manchester.
The new Birmingham hospital is being built within the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Manchester’s Central Convention Centre will become the new NHS coronavirus treatment hospital in the north of England.
The Midlands venue, which normally hosts huge national events such as Crufts, could hold up to 5,000 beds if required, while the GMEX in Manchester is thought to hold as many as 1,000.
Sir Simon said: ‘I have given the go-ahead to the building of these NHS Nightingale hospitals at the Birmingham NEC and the Manchester Central Convention centre with further such hospitals to follow.’
He added that across England there are now 33,000 hospital beds available to treat coronavirus patients.