New photos have emerged showing the inside of NHS's new Nightingale Hospital where critical coronavirus patients will be treated from today.

The emergency healthcare facility, which started construction just 10 days ago, will be completed today.

It has been fashioned out of the ExCel convention centre in east London, which typically hosts events like wedding shows and academic forums, in an effort to reduce the strain on already overstretched hospitals during the pandemic.

The hospital will have enough beds for 4,000 patients, making it the largest critical care facility in the world.

Only critically ill people already on a ventilator will be treated at the Nightingale after being transferred from other intensive care units (ICUs) around London.

The new hospital has been created out of the ExCel convention centre in Docklands, east London

More than 16,000 members of staff will be required to run the hospital once it's at capacity, which chief operating officer Natalie Forrest hopes will never happen.

"If we have to use this facility, which I really hope we don't because everyone is staying home and washing their hands and social distancing, we will need thousands of doctors and nurses and volunteers to run this facility," she said.

"The numbers are scary, but if I tell you that to run one ward, including all of our ancillary staff, we need 200 members of staff."

Once the hospital is at full capacity it will need more than 16,000 staff members

The hospital is on the hunt for volunteer staff to help take care of an initial 42 patients before expansion is "ramped up" to ensure the facility is capable of treating 4,000 people within two weeks.

Staff will be able to sleep at nearby hotels between shifts.

Members of the armed forces worked around the clock to get the Nightingale built and ready for patients in as little time as possible.

Members of the military helped to build the Nightingale in just 10 days

Colonel Ashleigh Boreham, who has carried out two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan and built field hospitals around the world, says it's the biggest achievement of his career.

"We are building a hospital for people in our nation. You are saving people's lives and they could be the lives of your families. It's the biggest job I've ever done."

The Londoner says his grandfather fought at the Somme, and the fight to contain coronavirus is just a "different battle".

Staff will be able to sleep at nearby hotels between their hospital shifts

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"We are doing this to save the lives of Londoners. These are our comrades, there's no difference. It doesn't matter if they are civilian or military."

The creation of the Nightingale comes less than two months after Chinese officials built multiple emergency hospitals from scratch to ease the pressure on existing facilities as more and more people got sick.

The ExCel convention centre was chosen by the NHS and military planners because its existing utilities and architecture made it the ideal makeshift hospital ward.