Two NHS Nightingale hospitals are to be built in Bristol and Harrogate, NHS England has announced.
NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, confirmed that the hospitals will provide up to 1,500 beds.
Such sites are being built to add ‘surge capacity’ to existing hospitals and local services should they need them during the peak of coronavirus.
The University of the West of England in Bristol will have a capacity of 1,000 patients whereas the Harrogate Convention centre will be able to care for up to 500.
The hospitals will serve their surrounding regions.
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said:
“We’re giving the go ahead to these additional sites, hoping they may not be needing but preparing in case they are. But that will partly depend on continuing public support for measures to reduce growth in the infection rate by staying at home to save lives.”
The announcement comes as London’s NHS Nightingale hospital opens today, the site has a capacity of 3,500 patients and covers 90,000 square meters, the equivalent of roughly a dozen football pitches.
Sir Stevens, said: “It’s nothing short of extraordinary that this new hospital in London has been established from scratch in less than a fortnight.”
“Now we are gearing up to repeat that feat at another four sites across the country to add to the surge capacity in current NHS hospitals.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“The NHS and the military have achieved something extraordinary in setting up NHS Nightingale, London in only a matter of days .It is testament to their hard work and dedication that an additional four hospitals will be rolled out across the nation.”
On Wednesday, the Health Secretary posted a video to social media thanking everyone involved.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) April 1, 2020
U.K. government extends national lockdown for at least three more weeks to slow country’s coronavirus outbreak.
NHS VOLUNTEERS TO START BEGIN WORK TUESDAY
Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will tomorrow be able to ‘report for duty’ to relieve pressure on the NHS.
Thousands of volunteers will be sent tasks Tuesday via an app, the tasks are posted by health professionals, pharmacists and local authorities.
Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive at Royal Voluntary Service said:
“During the coming weeks and months they will be called upon to help those who are vulnerable and at risk who are self-isolating for their own protection. Not only will this help to relieve pressure on the NHS – but it will also save lives.”
Volunteers will be carrying out tasks to aid 2.5 million at risk people by;
· delivering medicines from pharmacies
· driving patients to appointments
· bringing them home from hospital
· making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home
· transporting medical supplies and equipment for the NHS
The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Royal Voluntary Service thanked the 750,000 people who signed up to volunteer;
“As the proud President of the Royal Voluntary Service, I wanted to send my warmest thanks to all the NHS Volunteer Responders who have come forward in unprecedented numbers to offer help to the NHS..”
She also thanked NHS workers;
“Everyone working in the NHS is under unimaginable pressure day and night in this crisis. I feel sure that the presence of so many wonderful volunteers will encourage, as well as support, them. I salute each one of you – and thank you with all my heart.”
The Duchess of Cornwall also did a ‘check in and chat’ call with Doris Winfiele, 85 from Hertfordshire. Doris who lives alone and has been self-isolating for the last two weeks said:
“Having a chat with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of weeks and it was wonderful to talk to her. We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies, she was very interested in my family and how I was coping without them. It’s really cheered me up!”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, Downing Street has said.
Prime Minister Johnson has had coronavirus for ten days and continued to have persistent symptoms, including a high temperature.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Buckingham Palace says the Queen is being ‘kept informed’ by No10 on the Prime Minister’s condition.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock
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Labour Leader Keir Starmer
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
Mayor Of London Sadiq Khan
Ivanka Trump, Daughter Of President Trump
My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 6, 2020
Godspeed Mr. Prime Minister!
Former Prime Minister Theresea May
My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 6, 2020
This horrific virus does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. Please #StayHomeSaveLives
Former Prime Minister David Cameron
President of France Emmanuel Macron
Leader Of The Brexit Party Nigel Farage