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Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale, Harrogate to open with help from Captain Moore

Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale, Harrogate to open with help from Captain Moore

Published by May Norman at 6:54am 21st April 2020.

NHS Nightingale officially launched today

  • The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate officially opens today (Tuesday, 21 April).
  • It's the first field hospital to be created outside a city and will help the region deal with coronavirus cases.
  • Captain Tom Moore - the war veteran who's raised millions for the NHS - will be the guest of honour at the opening.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate will be officially opened in a ceremony today (Tuesday, 21 April).

The temporary hospital has been built in the Harrogate Convention Centre and will provide 500 beds for Coronavirus patients from across Yorkshire and the Humber.

It's one of seven Nightingale hospitals set up around the country as part of the COVID-19 response.

The new hospital facility has been built in just 18 days.

Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, Richard Cooper said:

"I think we should be all very proud that Harrogate is playing its part in the national effort in what is the biggest crisis since the Second World War."

Captain Tom Moore - who's raised millions for the NHS - will be the guest of honour at the opening of NHS Nightingale in Harrogate later.

The 99 year-old Second World War veteran from Keighley will appear via video link at the ceremony.

He said it was an honour and a chance to thank NHS workers directly.

The former British Military Officer, who served in India and in the Burma campaign during the Second World War, aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Since then donations to his Just Giving page have exceeded over £27m.

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