The newest Nightingale Hospital at The NEC in Birmingham is preparing to take its first patients soon as construction progresses at a ‘staggering rate’.
NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham is being built to provide extra capacity if needed to local services dealing with the increased number of patients during the peak of the coronavirus.
Famed for hosting industry trade shows such as KBB and the Great Hospitality Show, the NEC will initially provide 500 fully-equipped beds to support patients with Covid-19 who may no longer need intensive hospital care.
The facility will have the ability to scale up quickly to 4,000 beds, if needed.
The new NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham, led by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), will have a workforce of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.
NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham will be the second to launch in the UK, following the opening of the London outpost at the ExCeL exhibition centre last month.
There are also other Nightingale Hospitals in Manchester, Harrogate and Bristol.
The main purpose of the Nightingale Birmingham will be to ease pressure on other hospitals in the area.
Dr David Rosser, chief executive, UHB, said: “The extraordinary effort in creating the Nightingale Hospital Birmingham is a total team effort. Without this collective purpose we would not have been able to make the staggering preparations to deliver this facility.
“At the same time we have continued to see and treat patients at our other four hospitals to ensure continuity of care across the system, despite the huge challenges.
CEO of the NEC Group, Paul Thandi, said: “It is our honour as a company and workforce to step forward to help our country’s fight against the life-threatening virus COVID-19.
“All teams involved have worked seamlessly alongside our brilliant NHS and the MoD to deliver this facility, and we stand ready to continue playing our part in the NHS’s fight to save the lives of our families, friends and fellow citizens.”