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Cars NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham on high alert to reopen as cases soar

19:10  18 september  2020
19:10  18 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Birmingham ’s Nightingale Hospital has been moved back to ‘ high alert ’ and is ready to reopen in 48 hours if needed. The Nightingale Hospitals , which were built to cope with the soaring number of coronavirus cases at the peak of the pandemic, were put on standby in June. At the time, the Prime

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a group of people in a subway station: Around fifty attendees, including those from the military, health professionals and those who helped construct the facility, at the official opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham © PA Around fifty attendees, including those from the military, health professionals and those who helped construct the facility, at the official opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham

The NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham has been placed on "higher alert" to reopen in the next 48-72 hours, it is reported.

Dr David Rosser of University Hospitals Birmingham told the BBC the temporary hospital at the NEC arena has been placed back onto "higher alert" footing, meaning it can be reopened in two to three days if needed.

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NHS Nightingale Hospital London has pulled NHS workers from across the country and has space for up A refrigerated mortuary at the Excel centre as it prepares to reopen as the Nightingale hospital this week. The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham will treat non-urgent patients without

The NHS Nightingale Hospitals are seven critical care temporary hospitals established by NHS England as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in England.

In May, Mirror Online reported how it was understood that no patients had actually been treated at the four Nightingale hospitals outside London, including Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Harrogate.

The NHS Nightingale hospital in London, was placed on "standby" after treating just a few dozen patients since it was opened - but did confirm the first patient to die at the temporary site that month.

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He added it has been “effectively placed on standby so it would be ready to receive patients should that be required. We are not anticipating that will be the case.”

Today's news comes as parts of the Midlands have been put back into lockdown after health officials described the steep rise in coronavirus cases as "off the scale".

On Friday, Wolverhampton joined West Midlands neighbours Birmingham and Sandwell on the local lockdown list after cases increased by "five-fold" in a fortnight.

Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire have also gone back into lockdown - with the county council's director of public health saying the rise "underlines that residents need to change their behaviour".

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Wolverhampton City Council said there were around 60 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven days to September 12 compared to 12.6 cases per 100,000 in the week to August 29.

The council said some 90% of cases are linked to household-to-household transmission.

Rates in Oadby and Wigston increased up to 145 per 100,000 people, over three times the national and Leicestershire averages, placing it second in the country.

Leicestershire County Council said more than half of the cases in the last week are clusters in households.

The Government also added the nearby district of Blaby to its watch-list as an "area of enhanced support" after cases rose to 65 per 100,000 people.

a kitchen area with a building in the background: Workers at the temporary NHS Nightingale Birmingham Hospital at the NEC in Birmingham, which was builtt to provide care for an increased number of patients requiring treatment during the pandemic © PA Workers at the temporary NHS Nightingale Birmingham Hospital at the NEC in Birmingham, which was builtt to provide care for an increased number of patients requiring treatment during the pandemic

In May, NHS England’s national medical director Professor Stephen Powis defended the construction of the Nightingale hospitals because they added much-need hospital bed capacity.

Asked if NHS Nightingale hospitals were built in error, Prof Powis said: "Absolutely 100% not."

"If you wind the clock back a month or two, we were looking at an increase in the number of cases, infections, in the UK.

"We were watching images from around the world of health systems that were overwhelmed and we had not put in place, were about to put in place, a series of social distancing measures not absolutely knowing how the public would respond to that.

"It would have been foolish to have not planned for extra capacity within the NHS. We did that in a number of ways including the Nightingales."

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks via videolink during the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham, built in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), in Birmingham, Britain April 16, 2020. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS © Reuters Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks via videolink during the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham, built in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), in Birmingham, Britain April 16, 2020. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS

Commenting on the new restrictions in the region, Leicestershire County Council's director of public health Mike Sandys said: "This steep rise is off the scale - and underlines that residents need to change their behaviour.

"We know that the virus is spreading in communities so it makes sense for the Government to restrict mixing between households. This will be tough.

"But with no one source of infection, it really is down to us to stop the increase. Whether you're on the school run, travelling to work, in the office or going out for a drink, follow the guidance.

"The route out of this is changing our behaviour."

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.


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