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Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale could open this weekend

Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale could open this weekend

Published by May Norman at 6:18am 9th April 2020. (Updated at 6:20am 9th April 2020)

Could NHS Nightingale, Harrogate be ready for its first patients?

  • The building firm behind creating the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate expects to have completed the project by the weekend.
  • BAM Construction has spent two weeks transforming Harrogate Convention Centre into a 500-bed temporary hospital.
  • It's predicted, it will finish its efforts this weekend - meaning the hospital will soon be ready to welcome its first patients.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate is expected to be ready this weekend.

The building firm behind creating the temporary hospital predicts to have finished the project by Easter Monday.

BAM Construction has spent the last two weeks working on transforming Harrogate Convention Centre into an emergency hospital, serving Yorkshire and Humberside.

Harrogate Convention Centre, Auditorium

Harrogate Convention Centre will have 500 hospital beds and is the first of the emergency ICU field hospitals created to help deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases, to operate outside a major city.

NHS England confirmed the news last week (3 April).

BAM Construction has been working on the project for two weeks.

Bam Construct pre-construction director in the North East Paul Cleminson, said:

“We have mobilised immediately with a team that is working 24 hours in shifts around the clock, following government guidance about safe working and delivering these emergency facilities to assist the effort to support our NHS. We’re very proud to be involved.”

The construction firm has transformed eight halls, normally used for exhibitions and events, into the temporary hospital.

The team is working in shift patterns and working closely with medical staff and the Army on the build.

The hospital is expected to be available for use by this weekend with construction taking no longer than 14 days.