Birmingham Page has been informed by Nick Page, Solihull CEO and member of the West Midlands Coronavirus Strategy Team, that the temporary medical center will open on April 12, 2020.
A regional briefing on Friday April 3 said the site would be open next week – days after the NHS Nightingale Hospital was opened by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, at the ExCel Center in London.
The new NEC hospital near Solihull is only part of a national effort to increase capacity on a large scale.
Outside of Birmingham and London, work is underway in many places – from stadiums to hotel complexes – to supply what is already over 10,000 additional beds.
Some regions have focused on large-scale installations that will reflect the developments of the NEC and ExCeL centers – notably in Manchester and Glasgow.
Airlines staff, who already have first aid training and security clearances, are being recruited to support the nurses and clinicians who will manage the makeshift centers.
Other facilities for Scotland and Wales are also under development.
Elsewhere, a Covid-19 test station for NHS workers is being installed at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
The Warwickshire County Cricket Club has offered its main on-site parking to the Department of Health and Welfare, which will use the area to regularly test NHS staff working in the city and the West Midlands.
Starting its operations in the coming days, the coronavirus center will be accessible on Edgbaston Road, with an exit on Pershore Road.
Neil Snowball, General Manager of Warwickshire CCC, said, “With our county cricket program and conference and event activities closed until May 29, our staff have explored various options that allow the club to continue to support our local community during these difficult times, whether it be by making calls to our older members and former players, volunteering and offering the Edgbaston Stadium for use in the larger civilian contingency effort.
“While this is a small part to play in the grand scheme of things, we are happy that our stadium can be used to support the fantastic efforts made by all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis.” “
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Warwickshire CCC also outlined plans to show thanks to the NHS by offering free entry to staff at a Vitality Blast game later this summer.
Details will be released as more information about the 2020 season and the schedule is released.