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Coronavirus: Work on NHS Nightingale continues

Coronavirus: Work on NHS Nightingale continues

Published by May Norman at 7:21am 6th April 2020.

NHS Nightingale in Harrogate expected to open soon

  • Work to transform Harrogate Convention Centre into an NHS Nightingale continued over the weekend.
  • The venue is being turned into a temporary hospital, with 500 beds to treat coronavirus patients from across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • Army, police and NHS officials have been in town working on the hospital.

Army, police and NHS officials are continuing to transform Harrogate Convention Centre into an NHS Nightingale.

Last week it was confirmed the venue is to be turned into a 500-bed temporary hospital.

It's not clear when it'll open - but when it does, it will be the hub for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Harrogate Convention Centre, Hall D
Harrogate Convention Centre, Hall D

The workforce responsible for transforming the Harrogate Convention Centre into the Nightingale Hospital have been staying at hotels, b&bs and guest houses in the town while that work is ongoing.

Managing Director of HRH Group, Simon Cotton runs The White Hart, The Fat Badger, The Yorkshire Hotel and Scran Restaurant.

He's been telling Stray FM they've been supporting those workers:

"The Hotel has been given Key Worker status.

"We've had some workers who have been with us for several days.

"They've been working around the clock - some are working through the night and coming back to the hotel to sleep throughout the day. 

"We have had the MOD staying with us too.

"It's our pleasure to look after those who're working hard to create the emergency hospital."

The White Hart is currently closed as a business and to the public but is open to key workers, operating with limited service.

The hotel is currently operating with a staff of just six or seven people, catering for those key workers.

Mr Cotton believes that the arrival of the temporary hospital could be a welcome boost to businesses in the town:

"It's my understanding that staff from all over the Yorkshire and Humber region will travel to work at Harrogate's NHS Nightingale.

"It's not just doctors and nurses but also cleaners and admin staff who will all need somewhere to stay and places to eat.

"I realise it won't be business as usual but some companies in town could consider reopening to cater for those on the frontline.

"We all want to do our bit and by opening our doors, we can help support those who're fighting this pandemic."

It's not clear yet when it is up and running but when it is, it's expected to house 500 beds for coronavirus patients across Yorkshire and the Humber.

To read more about NHS Nightingale, Harrogate, click here.