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Coronavirus: Harrogate Nightingale hospital not taken any patients

Coronavirus: Harrogate Nightingale hospital not taken any patients

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Chloe Laversuch at 3:09pm 28th April 2020.

The Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate has not yet taken in a single patient

  • The NHS Nightingale Hospital for Yorkshire and the Humber has not yet talen in any patients
  • It's based at the Convention Centre and has capacity for 500 critical care patients if it's needed.
  • It was opened last week by Captain Tom Moore.

THE Nightingale Hospital at Harrogate has not taken in a single patient since it opened a week ago.

A spokesperson for NHS England said there is still capacity at existing hospitals in the area to treat coronavirus patients.

But that the temporary hospital – which has about 500 beds – is ready to be used should the need arise.

Nightingale Hospital 1
The hospital has capacity to care for 500 coronavirus patients if local services can't cope.

A spokesperson said NHS staff who have done an induction training course at the Nightingale Hospital have now returned to their own hospitals where their work is currently most valuable.

The temporary hospital was created at the Harrogate Convention Centre – with construction taking less than three weeks.

It was opened on Tuesday April 21 – with 99-year-old NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore appearing as guest of honour by video link.

Steve Rusell, CEO of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber, introduces Captain Tom Moore to officially open the hospital.