The alarming rise in coronavirus cases means that the Nightingale Hospitals are set to open as the UK potentially gets ready for a second wave.
NIGHTINGALE Hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate, which were built during the initial stages of the pandemic, could soon be set to accept new Covid-19 patients as the virus continues to spread across the north of England.
Speaking about the situation in the north of the country, NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said, “We now have more patients in hospital with Covid-19 than we did when the government announced restrictions on March 23.”
According to the latest data, in the week to 6 October, 809 people were taken to hospital with Covid-19 in Yorkshire and the northeast and around 1,015 people were submitted to hospitals in the northwest.
Professor Powis confirmed that the Nightingale Hospitals are set to open after informing Downing Street that the centres would also offer increased testing of health staff and hospital patients in hotspot areas.
He said: “To protect our staff and our patients we will be introducing – with tests provided by the Test and Trace service – regular testing for staff in these high-risk areas, even when they don’t have symptoms.
“This will help us keep staff and patients in those hospitals as safe as possible.”
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