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Coronavirus: Timelapse video shows Bristol Nightingale hospital being built in a few days

By May 13, 2020 No Comments

A timelapse video shows how a Nightingale hospital is being rapidly built to treat patients with COVID-19.

The hospital is being constructed at a conference centre at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol during the coronavirus outbreak.

It will treat up to 1,000 patients, and be staffed by NHS workers including medical students, former doctors and other key workers who have come out of retirement to help.

The Nightingale hospitals are part of a nationwide effort to respond to the coronavirus outbreak
Image:The Nightingale hospitals are part of a nationwide effort to respond to the coronavirus outbreak

The first of the Nightingale facilities opened at London’s ExCel Centre earlier this week, with another site under development in Harrogate.

More than 60,000 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK while more than 7,000 have died.

Tim Bowles, mayor of the West of England, praised UWE for stepping forward in response to the “nation’s time of crisis”.

The hospital will be able to accommodate 1,000 patients
Image:The hospital will be able to accommodate 1,000 patients

He said: “While we all hope these bed spaces won’t be needed, it is absolutely right that we should be prepared.

“We all have to do our bit to prepare, and for the majority of us, that is staying at home to stop the virus spreading.

“However, some are able to do more, and I’m very grateful to the University of the West of England for stepping forward in such an important way in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Deputy leader of North Somerset Council, Mike Bell, who visited the hospital to see the progress, tweeted: “Fantastic to see the progress being made to set up the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol, which is due to accept its first patients in the week commencing April 20.”

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