NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber

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NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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View of the Harrogate Convention Centre in July 2020
Geography
Location Harrogate Convention Centre
King's Rd, Harrogate
HG1 5LA, Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°59′48.48″N1°32′29″W / 53.9968000°N 1.54139°W / 53.9968000; -1.54139 Coordinates: 53°59′48.48″N1°32′29″W / 53.9968000°N 1.54139°W / 53.9968000; -1.54139
Organisation
Care system NHS England
Type COVID-19 critical care
Field hospital
Services
Beds
  • up to 500 people
History
Opened21 April 2020
Links
Website https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/nightingaleyh/

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber is one of the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospitals set up by NHS England in 2020 to help to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital was constructed inside the Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, and from 4 June 2020 was repurposed as a radiology diagnostic clinic.

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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 were 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]

Opening

The hospital was initially rumoured, then announced as officially planned on 3 April 2020, [4] and became ready to open on 14 April. [5] It was formally opened, via video link, by 99-year-old fundraiser Captain Tom Moore. [6] It is under Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. [7]

It initially had beds for up to 500 people. [8] It was not a conventional walk-in hospital, and only patients who were already inpatients in other hospitals in the region and met certain criteria were to be admitted. [8] They would stay at the hospital until they were assessed as being ready to move back to a local hospital. [8]

Usage

The hospital was not required to treat COVID-19 patients in April and May. Instead it was reopened as a radiology outpatient clinic, offering CT scanning, from 4 June 2020. [9] Appointments would be available seven days a week, through Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. [9] In August, it was reported that this usage would continue until March 2021. [10]

On 12 October, 2020 amidst a rise in cases in Northern England, the hospital was placed on standby. [11]

Personnel

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

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