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                May 2020   News 3 Nightingale opens Tin record time he NHS Nightingale Hospi- tal London was the first of a chain of temporary hospi- Critical care Reports of the successful treatment and subsequent discharge of the hospital’s first patients came in mid- April. Anticipated large numbers of admissions had not materialised as NHS critical care capacity in Lon- don had been holding up well, with existing hospitals managing despite the significant increase in demand for care. The new hospital had been ex- pecting to draw nursing staff from elsewhere in London only if there was a surge in patient numbers. There were however reports that requests to take in new patients had been turned down because of staff- ing issues.  tals set up by NHS England for the coronavirus pandemic. Housed in the ExCeL convention centre it was put together in record time - under a fortnight - and was designed to have an initial capacity for 500 patients, with potential for 4,000. “It is testament to their hard work and dedication that an additional four hospitals will be rolled out across the nation.” Unprecedented At the opening ceremony Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock made a keynote speech. He said: “The nation is facing an unprece- dented global emergency and we are taking exceptional measures to en- sure the NHS has whatever it needs to tackle this virus. The NHS and the military have achieved some- thing extraordinary in setting up NHS Nightingale, London in only a matter of days. “It is testament to their hard work and dedication that an addition- al four hospitals will be rolled out across the nation. We must all play our part to assist our heroes on the health and social care frontline and I urge everyone to stay at home, pro- tect the NHS and save lives.”     Accelerate your Business! • Proactive Support • Fast Response • No Contract Contact Us Today! 020 3790 7500       

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