An NHS nurse has taken to Reddit to ask for advice on tackling coronavirus as they prepare to start work at the Nightingale hospital in London.

The new NHS Nightingale hospital at the ExCel Centre in east London opened its doors this week to overspill patients.

It has space for up to 4,000 people and is one of five such hospitals being opened in the UK as part of the fight against Covid-19.

The others are at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, the GMEX in Manchester, the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Centre in North Yorkshire.

Taking to the social discussion site Reddit, the anonymous nurse wrote: "I'm a newly-qualified mental health nurse, worked only in acute psychiatric wards."

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An NHS nurse has asked Reddit for advice tackling coronavirus ahead of starting at the new Nightingale hospital

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They went on: "I've signed up for NHS Nightingale - the Covid-19 hospital in London. I have no experience of management of ventilated patients, ventilators, ICU nursing... any of it.

"I am lucky to have an adult nurse sister and medical student friend, and I've been doing some reading and evidence-based research."

They added: "I want to know the important stuff, the clinical indicators of immediate deterioration or improvement.

"I want to know what is a normal ventilator reading, what are normal measurements, what to measure... Just basics."

The new NHS hospital in east London will take up to 16,000 staff to keep it running.

Those admitted to the hospital will already be on a ventilator and will stay there until their treatment has finished.

A spokeswoman declined to say exactly how many coronavirus patients have been admitted so far, but stressed: "There is also treatment capacity available in other hospitals across London."

The London hospital has more than 80 wards containing 42 beds, while coronavirus patients are being transferred from intensive care units elsewhere in the capital.

Those suffering from other serious conditions such as cardiac issues will be cared for at other specialist centres.

Contractors and around 200 military personnel worked to get the hospital up and running in just over a week.

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The nurse posted on Reddit about their lack of experience

Healthcare staff will be able to sleep at nearby hotels once they complete their shift.

Last week, there was outrage as it was revealed the Abu Dhabi government which owns the ExCel Centre, was charging the NHS millions a day in rent.

They later backed down after a furious backlash.