The UK’s first “field hospital” dedicated to treating patients with new coronary pneumonia, NHS Nightingale, opened on Friday local time at the ExCel Centre in east London,media CNET reported. The London International Convention and Exhibition Centre is a 100-acre convention centre, usually hosting events such as the Crufts Dog Show and the Animation Show. This year’s London Comic-Con was originally scheduled to take place at the end of May, but has been postponed until July.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital, completed by 160 contractors and 200 soldiers over a nine-day period, can accommodate up to 4,000 patients and requires 16,000 staff to keep it running. “This shows the possibility that we can come together as a team across the country,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at the government’s daily press conference. He paid tribute to everyone involved in the construction of the hospital.
Britain’s Prince Charles tested positive for a new coronavirus in March but has since recovered. He is still self-segregated in Scotland, unveiling the hospital via video link. He described the field hospital as “a spectacular and almost incredible feat of work.” “In this dark hour, this place will shine,” he said. “
As of the time of writing, there had been more than 38,000 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the UK and more than 3,600 deaths. The whole of the UK has been “sealed” since March 23.
Over the next few days and weeks, more Nightingale hospitals will open in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff and Harrogate, providing nearly 12,000 beds for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.