The NHS has confirmed that two new temporary hospitals will open to deal with the influx of patients suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. A new hospital, NHS Nightingale, is expected to open in the ExCeL Centre in London later this week which can hold 4,000 patients.
A hospital will open at the NEC in Birmingham which will initially have 500 beds, but with the ability to increase to 2,000 beds should it prove necessary. The second hospital will be at the Manchester Central Complex which will also initially have 500 beds, with the ability to increase to 1,000 beds. Both hospitals are expected to be open by mid-April 2020 at the latest.
Sir Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of the NHS, has said that 33,000 beds have been opened up across the health service due to the cancellation of operations and other treatments. This increase in bed numbers is the equivalent of 50 new hospitals with plans to open up more facilities if required.