The first images of Britain’s first NHS Nightingale Hospital, the first of several created to help alleviate pressure on the health service during the coronavirus pandemic, have emerged.
Construction workers, with help from British Army soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, have transformed London’s Excel centre into a 4,000 bed emergency facility.
The 600-metre-long Excel has 87, 328 sq metres of space and is usually used for exhibitions and conferences, including a G20 Summit and events for the London 2012 Olympics.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said building new hospitals in “very short order” was an “extraordinary action”.
The hospital, based in Canning Town, east London, is set to open next week with 500 beds but there are plans to expand that to 4,000.
The Nightingale Hospital is Phase One of the effort to increase the number of hospital beds available in the UK.
A 5,000-bed field hospital will
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