The temporary NHS Nightingale Birmingham Hospital is to open at the NEC, Birmingham, to provide care to thousands more patients with coronavirus.
The hospital based at the NEC will start with up to 500 beds equipped with the capacity to increase beds up to 2,000 if required. The new hospital will provide support for patients across the Midlands.
CEO of the NEC Group, Paul Thandi, said: “We have been working with our brilliant NHS and the MOD to plan, build and open a field hospital as quickly as possible, to help combat the life-threatening situation our country faces in dealing with COVID-19. We will now offer the necessary resource and assistance in adapting the NEC appropriately, ready for imminent use.
“With the full and ongoing support of Blackstone, our majority shareholder, we are confident we can play our part to assist our NHS and MOD in our country’s efforts to combat the threat to life COVID-19 represents.”
The NHS Nightingale Birmingham will draw nurses, doctors and other staff from across the health service, as well as a number of military medics who will also tend to patients. The majority will be NHS staff.