NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham

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NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
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View of the National Exhibition Centre, the site of the hospital, in 2015
NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham
Geography
Location National Exhibition Centre
Solihull
B40 1NT, West Midlands
Coordinates 52°27′12″N1°43′10″W / 52.45333°N 1.71944°W / 52.45333; -1.71944 Coordinates: 52°27′12″N1°43′10″W / 52.45333°N 1.71944°W / 52.45333; -1.71944
Organisation
Care system NHS England
Type COVID-19 critical care
Services
Beds
  • 496 (phase 1 on day 1)
  • 800 (phase 1 if needed)
  • 2,000 (phase 2 if needed)
  • 4,000 beds (potential)
Helipad Birmingham Airport
History
Opened16 April 2020
Closed2021
Links
Website nightingale-birmingham.nhs.uk OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham was the second of the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospitals set up by NHS England to help to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was constructed inside the National Exhibition Centre, Solihull, and opened on 16 April 2020. [1]

Contents

As of 30 August it had not treated any patients. [2] On 1 April 2021 the hospital was closed without ever treating a patient. [3]

Background

To add extra critical care capacity during the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK, and to treat those with COVID-19, plans were made to create further temporary hospital spaces for those in need of treatment and care. [4] [5] They have been named "Nightingale Hospitals", after Florence Nightingale who came to prominence for nursing soldiers during the Crimean War and is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. [6]

Details

The hospital was announced as operational on 10 April 2020, [7] and was scheduled to receive its first patients on 12 April, to help Midlands hospitals cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. [8] [9] It will support 23 Midlands hospitals by taking patients who are convalescing from having COVID-19, patients who are require less intensive treatment, and patients who need palliative care. [8] It is intended to relieve pressure on conventional hospitals where the most seriously ill patients are treated. [8] It is the second temporary 'Nightingale Hospital' to be built in England, [8] following NHS Nightingale London, that opened on 3 April 2020 in the ExCeL London exhibition and convention centre. [10]

It falls under the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. [8]

The hospital occupies halls 8-12 and 16 of the NEC, connected via the Atrium. [11]

It had 496 beds divided into four wards from day one, with the option to expand to 800 immediately if needed. [12] Should things worsen a phase two is envisaged that would bring the number of beds in use up to 2,000. [12] In the worst-case scenario 4,000 beds would be available. [12]

The hospital was formally opened by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, via remote video link, on 16 April. [13]

It will include a new Tesco store exclusively for the use of its staff. [14]

Personnel

The following have been involved in the creation of the hospital:

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