NHS Nightingale Hospital North East

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NHS Nightingale Hospital North East
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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NHS Nightingale Hospital North East
Geography
Location Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing, Washington, Tyne and Wear
Coordinates 54°55′26″N1°28′42″W / 54.92396°N 1.47837°W / 54.92396; -1.47837 Coordinates: 54°55′26″N1°28′42″W / 54.92396°N 1.47837°W / 54.92396; -1.47837
Organisation
Care system NHS England
Type COVID-19 critical care
Field hospital
Services
Beds
  • up to 460 people
History
Opened5 May 2020
Links
Website coronavirus.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/nhs-nightingale-north-east/

The NHS Nightingale Hospital North East is one 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 Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing, Washington.

Contents

Background

To add extra critical care capacity during the COVID-19 epidemic in England, and to treat those with COVID-19, plans were made to create further temporary hospital spaces for those in need of treatment and care. [1] [2] 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. [3]

On 12 October, 2020 amidst a rise in cases in Northern England, the hospital was placed on standby. [4]

Details

The site will have 460 beds available with the building divided into 16 wards. [5] It will be operated by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. [6] The hospital has been prepared by the British Armed forces working with the local NHS Trusts. [7] County Durham MP Richard Holden said, when announcing the hospital on 10 April, that it was expected to be open for patients in the following two weeks. [6]

The hospital was officially opened on 5 May 2020, in a virtual ceremony, by Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health). The opening ceremony also featured television celebrities Ant and Dec, football pundit Alan Shearer and cricketer Ben Stokes. [8]

It is not a conventional walk-in hospital - only patients who are already inpatients in other hospitals in the region and meet certain criteria will be admitted. [9] They will stay at the hospital until they are assessed as being ready to move back to a local hospital. [9]

The hospital was kept on standby to treat Covid patients but did not admit a single patient. [10] [11] On 12 October 2020 amidst a rise in cases in Northern England, the hospital was placed on readiness to receive patients, but again did not. [12]

In January 2021 NHS England admitted that it will not be admitting any patients into the specially created hospital. [13] Later the same month it was announced that the hospital was to become instead a mass vaccination centre. [13]

Transportation

On 25 January 2021, Go North East introduced a bus route branded ConnectorShuttle which operates between Concord bus station and the Nightingale Hospital. The service connects with bus route 56 at the bus station. [14]

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