Coronavirus: London Nightingale hospital to go ‘on standby’ as no new admissions expected

skynewsafrica London Nightingale hospital to go 'on standby' as no new admissions expected

UNITED KINGDOM

The London NHS Nightingale hospital is to go “on standby” because no new coronavirus admissions are expected, Downing Street has said.

The temporary hospital was opened on 3 April at London’s ExCel exhibition centre and is able to hold 4,000 patients.

Built in nine days, it is one of a number set up to help treat the sickest COVID-19 patients transferred from other hospitals.

However, the number of people with the virus in London hospitals has more than halved in the last month to about 2,000.

The prime minister’s spokesman said: “It’s not likely that in the coming days we will need to be admitting patients to the London Nightingale while coronavirus in the capital remains under control.

“That’s obviously a very positive thing and we remain grateful to everybody in London for following the government’s advice in helping to protect the NHS.

“What the Nightingale will be is effectively placed on standby so it would be ready to receive patients should that be required, but we are not anticipating that will be the case.”

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