Nightingale hospitals on standby to reopen as UK battles horror second wave of COVID-19

Boris Johnson says Nightingale hospitals ‘available’

The Nightingale hospital sites across England include Manchester, Bristol, Sunderland, Harrogate, Exeter, Birmingham and London are on standby to take patients, according to Boris Johnson. The majority are reportedly yet to start treating Covid-19 patients during the second wave, although the Exeter site received its first patients in November. Jonathan from South London asked the Prime Minister during the press briefing: “Given the high rates of Covid infections and hospital admissions, why has the government decided not to reopen the Nightingale hospitals?”

Speaking at Downing Street, Mr Johnsons said: “As far as I know we are going to be making sure the Nightingale hospitals are available.

“They certainly are available but they’re there not to be used immediately as long as the other provision is still there.”

NHS England Professor Stephen Powis added: “The Nightingale hospitals have been there over the course of the year.

“They are our insurance policy, there as our last resort.

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“We asked all the Nightingale hospitals a few weeks ago to be ready to take patients if that was required.”

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