The Nightingale, built in the ExCel conference centre in the Docklands area of London, has proved surplus to requirements in the fight against coronavirus because established hospitals … It is likely that in the coming days we will not need to be admitting patients to the London Nightingale, while coronavirus in the capital remains under control. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All were conceived in March, when ministers and health service bosses were concerned that NHS hospitals risked being overwhelmed by significant numbers of people needing to be ventilated to keep them alive, as Italy was confronting at the time. During the first wave, hospitals were reluctant to release enough staff to safely run the seven field hospitals around England. NHS England sent a letter to trusts on December 23 asking them to plan for the use of additional facilities such as the seven Nightingale hospitals, amid … We have a finite pool of staff across the health service – both NHS and private sector. The latest data suggests the total number of patients is just a 1,000 less than the 18,974 peak set on 12 April. London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital Will Become A Vaccination Hub By Alex Landon • 6 January, 2021 The 4000-capacity hospital will be split in two, with half of the space earmarked as a vaccination hub. It will close on 15 May. The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned across the UK. The NHS Nightingale Hospital North East is intended as an overflow facility in the event that the number of patients with Covid-19 became too high for the region’s hospitals to treat. She said staff had been “incredibly flexible” and were redeployed from lower demand areas to support those who were under greater pressure during previous waves. London's NHS Nightingale hospital has now reopened (Image: Hollie Adams / Getty) She told the Guardian: “This is a dire situation, in which the NHS often has no good options available. The prime minister’s spokesman confirmed that the London Nightingale “would be ready to receive patients should that be required [in the future] but we are not expecting that to be the case”. There will be no front door, no waiting rooms. A 21st century global pandemic requires an unprecedented response and the NHS Nightingale is just that. NHS England has also instructed trusts to discharge as many patients as they can by using all available spare beds in local hospices and sending patients to designated care homes who can isolate them to protect against infection. The latest data for the NHS showed at least 162,000 patients had waited more than a year for treatment in October, a huge rise from February when the number was just 1,163. NHS Nightingale Hospital London will provide care patients who no longer need treatment in an acute hospital, but who still require an assessment or support before they can leave hospital. It was not a useful policy since it turned away more patients than it treated. The US has confirmed it will appeal the decision, Allenheads in Northumberland, after heavy snowfall overnight, A paraglider flying over Mam Tor, a 517m hill near Castleton in Derbyshire, Ollie King, 22, and his sister Laura, 19, take a dip into the sea at King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth, Fencing around Trafalgar Square, London, ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations. A spokesperson for the NHS said: “The Nightingale in London remains on standby and will be available to support the capital’s hospitals if needed. 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He faces charges for hacking computers and violating the country's Espionage Act. NHS Nightingale London is taking patients who have tested negative for Covid-19. London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital has now officially opened after being rebuilt in a just a matter of weeks. NHS England said they did not know how much the Nightingale facilities had cost to build. First published on Mon 4 May 2020 13.15 BST. BBC Homepage. So while we can create the physical capacity to manage high demand, matching that with staff is less easy.”. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Originally planned to have 4,000 beds, the Nightingale has treated just 54 patients since it was opened by Prince Charles on 3 April and received its first patient on 7 April. Ms Cordery said: “This letter lays bare the size of the challenges trusts face in what is likely to be the most difficult and demanding period in the history of the health service in terms of managing the pandemic, the task of maintaining and recovering wider NHS services and delivering a large-scale vaccination programme. London’s Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in east London (PA) NHS England has told trusts to begin planning for the use of Nightingale hospitals as … Keeping the Nightingale in a "state of readiness" is costing the Trust £1.2 million a month. The Nightingale hospital in east London has the capacity for 4,000 beds, with the site in Manchester capable of catering for up to 750 patients. The NHS Nightingale Hospital London opened first on 3 April 2020. by Banksy in Totterdown, Bristol, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which has been transformed into an enchanted light experience to create Christmas at Wollaton Hall, a unique, socially distanced festive outdoor light installation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts his face mask as he meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, Amanda McGurk (left) and Cara McCann outside Belfast City Hall after becoming the first couple in Belfast to convert their civil partnership into a marriage. With 80 wards, the temporary facility at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands is now the largest critical care unit in the world. Hospitals have been encouraged to adopt a “home first” approach with patients assessed by community services in their own homes. The NHS Nightingale Hospital, London, will be ready for use from next week. The hospital, based at the ExCeL conference centre in East London, will initially provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen. The Nightingales cost £220m to set up. The four other Nightingales that were opened to stop hospitals being overwhelmed – in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Harrogate – will also be wound down, though the London hospital will shut first. With a second wave of the virus emerging, it raises questions about whether the Nightingale could be needed again. In a letter sent on Wednesday night, hospitals were told to activate all of their emergency capacity to cope with the expected pressures. Nightingale hospital: The Nightingale Hospital in London was opened on April 3 (Image: GETTY) A spokesperson for NHS England confirmed the site remains on standby. The rollout of the vaccine will bring hope to 2021 and we will need to maintain the energy and effort to meet the needs of all we serve throughout the year.”. As of 5 May 2020, six of the seven planned hospitals had opened, and by the following month all had been placed on standby. But critics claim the hospital was poorly planned and amounted to a PR stunt. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. People are being urged to stay home on New Year's Eve to prevent the "dire" situation in hospitals from getting worse, Ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital. He announced London and southeast England set for tier 4 rules with Christmas bubbles canceled, Actors from the Wintershall Estate perform an adaptation of their traditional Nativity play on December 18, 2020 in Guildford, England. Two other planned Nightingales – in Sunderland and Exeter – are still “due to open shortly”, he said. More than 200 staff were on duty at the London Nightingale on Monday, despite it only having 12 patients. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Other Nightingales across England are … Other London hospitals were envious of the staff, kit and priority given to a facility whose purpose they felt was unclear. It seems like it was more a PR exercise, a bit of wartime propaganda.”. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Coronavirus: How London's NHS Nightingale Hospital was built in a fortnight. The event was held to raise money for the Age UK charity and involved participants from an open water swimming club, The sun sets behind the Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament in central London, The finishing touches are put to a 40ft Christmas Tree at Somerset House in London, A swimmer takes to the water at Serpentine Swimming Club after the second national lockdown ends in England. Opened by [Prince Charles to great fanfare](http://Charles carries out first virtual Royal opening with NHS Nightingale Hospital), the first Nightingale Hospital in East London was a … But even in these most testing times, people across the service have responded with passion, resilience and flexibility to deal with not only the virus but also the needs of patients without Covid-19. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Doctors, nurses and other staff working there were told the news on Monday morning. London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital is currently being repurposed to take patients without covid-19 who are recovering from operations and procedures, to help relieve the unprecedented demand for beds in the capital. No further patients will be admitted to the facility, which was created amid much acclaim in just 10 days, and the 12 patients being treated there at the moment are being transferred to other London hospitals. No 10 says decision is due to limited demand, with no coronavirus admissions expected in coming days, Mon 4 May 2020 14.39 BST A Nightingale hospital in Birmingham is being readied again to take patients at 48 hours’ notice, according to a hospital CEO in the city. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. NHS Nightingale won't be a hospital in a traditional sense. The new hospital will open in April 2020 to provide care for COVID-19 patients from across the region. It has not admitted a new patient for a week as London hospitals have had spare capacity in their own intensive care units. They will return to their usual hospitals during this week and next. This is likely to mean the mass redeployment of staff and the designation of wards, surgical theatres and recovery areas as makeshift intensive care units for patients. From today same-sex couples across Northern Ireland are able to marry through the official conversion of existing civil partnerships following a change in the law, Shoppers on Oxford Street in London on the first weekend following the end of the second national lockdown in England, Swimmers wearing fancy dress take to the water for a charity ‘fancy dress chilly dip’ swim in the sea at Leasowe Bay, northwest England. It’s been a strange year for all of us, and that’s just as true for London’s ExCeL centre. “This should include maximising use of the independent sector, providing mutual aid, making use of specialist hospitals and hubs to protect urgent cancer and elective activity and planning for use of funded additional facilities such as the Nightingale hospitals.”, She added that “timely and safe discharge should be prioritised” and urged bosses to do what they can to help the workforce, saying: “Support for staff over this period will need to remain at the heart of our response, particularly as flexible redeployment may again be required.”. London’s Nightingale hospital comes off “standby” mode – as these sites face their biggest test yet Published: January 12, 2021 Trump, Parler, bias, free speech, incitement – and regulation. It was equipped in 10 days with the help of the military and opened on April 3 … However, it is expected that it will continue to be able to use the London hospital rent-free for as long as it remains shut, under the terms of its contract with the ExCel’s owners, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. The capacity will then continue to increase, potentially up to several thousand beds, should it be required. The Harrogate and Exeter hospitals were repurposed as diagnostic clinics in June and July respectively. Despite the rising pressures on hospitals, NHS England said they should continue to treat as many routine patients as possible and restore services “as close to previous levels as possible” and prioritise “those who have been waiting the longest, whilst maintaining cancer and urgent treatments”. London’s Nightingale field hospital has begun treating patients again after reopening to help ease the demands of the third wave of the pandemic on the capital’s main hospitals. ... NHS Nightingale Hospital London will have between 4,000 and 5,000 beds. 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NHS Nightingale Hospitals PLEASE READ: Thank you for your interest in working at NHS Nightingale hospitals. he NHS will next week begin using the Nightingale hospital at London ’s ExCel centre as the pressure facing the health service due to Covid patients … NHS services are reportedly battling a shortage of 87,000 employees as the UK continues through a tough winter in the pandemic. Freight lorries cannot cross by sea or through the Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover has closed to outbound traffic, Police officers at Euston Station, London, with more being deployed to enforce travel rules at London’s stations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street, London. The Nightingale hospital in east London … The London Nightingale in particular has proved controversial. District judge Vanessa Baraitser denied the extradition of Assange to the United States. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. NHS England did not explain how the Nightingale hospitals would be staffed if the decision was made to activate them. The Wintershall Estate have adapted their traditional Nativity play to accommodate the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions and this year it takes the form of a walk through the estate set in the Surrey Hills. The total NHS waiting list has now reached more than 4.5 million, with more than a third of patients waiting more than the 18-week target. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. In her letter, Amanda Pritchard, NHS England’s chief operating officer, said: “With Covid-19 inpatient numbers rising in almost all parts of the country, and the new risk presented by the variant strain of the virus, you should continue to plan on the basis that we will remain in a level four incident for at least the rest of this financial year and NHS trusts should continue to safely mobilise all of their available surge capacity over the coming weeks. Saffron Cordery, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “Staffing is, of course, the big challenge here. We are currently working to understand any staffing requirements needed at a number of these sites and will be updating our website and social channels as appropriate in the near future. THE NHS been told to make sure London's Nightingale hospital is "reactived and ready to admit patients" as Covid cases surge. “And services – such as outpatient consultations – have been changed and often delivered remotely which can free up key staff,” she added. NHS services are reportedly battling a shortage of 87,000 employees as the UK continues through a tough winter in the pandemic. Its supporters say that it and the four others were built as “an insurance policy” against the pandemic leaving hospitals unable to provide life or death care to people strugging to breathe because of the disease. But while the Manchester hospital has taken some patients, its sister facilities in Birmingham, Bristol and Harrogate have not admitted anyone. The temporary hospital, in London's Docklands area, will have between 4,000 and 5,000 beds. “This does not mean our role in London’s response to the virus is over. “First time round routine care was suspended, which helped. All rights reserved. NHS England has told trusts to begin planning for the use of Nightingale hospitals as the number of coronavirus patients is expected to surge in the coming weeks. 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As a result, they were barely used with the London Excel hospital, which had space for 4,000 patients, treating only 54. This is a community rehabilitation step-down model, different to the model of care provided at the hospital during the first phase of the pandemic. Available for everyone, funded by readers. The makeshift centre in Western Gateway, Royal Docks, is now … And many hospitals in the north of England still have high numbers of Covid patients as a result of the second wave. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. “As a result, after the last of this our first group of patients leaves, the hospital will be placed on standby, ready to resume operations as and when needed in the weeks and potentially months to come. A spokesperson for the NHS said the reopening date is under daily review, adding: "We are working hard to prepare NHS Nightingale Hospital London to take patients if necessary. The showpiece Nightingale hospital in London will shut next week after treating a small number of patients but will be kept “in hibernation” in case a second wave of Covid-19 infections emerges. ExCeL London was the first and largest of seven “Nightingale hospitals” opened across the country. The NHS in England has reported increasing numbers of patients in hospitals. 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This time we are seeking to manage the backlog of treatments and procedures. The Nightingale, built in the ExCel conference centre in the Docklands area of London, has proved surplus to requirements in the fight against coronavirus because established hospitals in the capital coped much better with the influx of critically ill patients after hugely expanding their intensive care units. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. continue to be able to use the London hospital rent-free. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. We must be ready for the possibility that the number of Covid-19 cases rise again if and when the government eases social distancing rules.”. France has closed its border with the UK for 48 hours over concerns about the new coronavirus variant. Many hospitals in the southeast and London have already declared major incidents and cancelled operations in an effort to free up beds. In a letter to staff, London Nightingale’s chief executive, Charles Knight, wrote: “As the prime minister has said, we are now past the first peak in coronavirus cases and the NHS is therefore moving into the second phase of its response to this global pandemic. One member of staff told the Guardian: “It was a valiant attempt but came too late so ended up being a white elephant. The hospital will provide general medical care and oxygen therapy for up to 750 patients who do not require critical care. This is a balancing act and requires sophisticated judgement calls about when it is right and safe to carry on with routine work and when to focus on Covid and emergency care.”. 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