New Nightingale surge centers are being installed in hospitals across the country in preparation for a potential wave of Omicron admissions.
The temporary structures, set up by the NHS, will be able to accommodate around 100 patients and will be installed in the grounds of eight hospitals in England.
The North West hub will be located at the Royal Preston Hospital. Having these hubs within the hospital grounds will facilitate flexibility of staff and equipment in the event of an increase in the number of admissions.
NHS trusts will also be asked to identify other areas that can be converted to accommodate patients, places such as gymnasiums and education centers will be considered.
Nightingale’s state-of-the-art facility is the latest in a series of actions taken by NHS leaders over the past two weeks in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant and the prospect of another major wave of people requiring hospital treatment for the virus.
The first eight of the Nightingale Surge Centers will be located at the following hospitals:
- North West – Royal Preston
- North East and Yorkshire – Leeds, site of St James
- Midlands – Solihull Hospital, Birmingham University Hospitals and Leicester University Hospitals
- East of England – Lister Hospital, Stevenage
- London – St George’s
- South East – William Harvey Hospital, Ashford
- South West – North Bristol
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