London Nightingale ‘on standby’ as no new admissions expected

The London NHS Nightingale hospital is to be put "on standby" as no new coronavirus admissions are expected in the coming days, Downing Street has said.

The prime minister's spokesman said the move was due to limited demand.

The temporary hospital was opened on 3 April at London's ExCel exhibition centre and is able to hold 4,000 patients.

Timelapse: The transformation of ExCeL centre

Built in a fortnight, it is one of a number set up around the country to help the NHS treat COVID-19 patients and take the strain off other hospitals.

The PM's spokesman said: "It's not likely that in the coming days we will need to be admitting patients to the London Nightingale while coronavirus in the capital remains under control.


The Nighingale is split into more than 80 wards containing 42 beds each
Image: London Nightingale is split into more than 80 wards, containing 42 beds each
Dozens of service personnel have helped build NHS Nightingale. Pic: MoD
Image: Dozens of service personnel helped build the hospital. Pic: MoD

"That's obviously a very positive thing and we remain grateful to everybody in London for following the government's advice in helping to protect the NHS.

"What the Nightingale will be is effectively placed on standby so it would be ready to receive patients should that be required, but we are not anticipating that will be the case.">Read More – Source

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