The Duke of Cambridge, a self-proclaimed fan of Aston Villa, has opened the new health center at NEC via video link as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
On Wednesday, the death toll in the UK reached 13,000 – with 500 deaths in a single NHS hospital in Birmingham – more than anywhere else in the UK.
The Duke of Cambridge took advantage of his appearance via a video link to declare the Birmingham site open, as well as to thank those who helped build the new facility.
William paid tribute to NHS staff across the UK for their “unremitting efforts” in response to the spread of the deadly virus.
He said the NHS Nightingale Hospital was opened after his father Prince Charles appeared by video link in London last week to open a site similar to the ExCel Center.
Built in eight days inside the National Exhibition Center (NEC) near Birmingham International Airport, the new facility will initially provide up to 500 beds for COVID-19 general medicine patients across the Midlands, allowing existing hospitals and their clinical teams of experts to focus on those who need intensive care.
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If necessary, a second stake extension could see the new hospital provide support to 2,000 coronavirus patients.
The construction involved members of the armed forces, many of whom are based at the Royal Center for Defense Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which is also managed by the UHB.
The new facility is one of seven Nightingale hospitals to be established across the country as part of a massive NHS effort to respond to the world’s greatest health emergency in more than a century.
This additional capacity is in addition to the 33,000 additional beds freed up in NHS hospitals – the equivalent of building 50 district general hospitals – and the 8,000 beds made available to the NHS thanks to an unprecedented agreement with the independent sector.
These combined measures mean that hospitals still have the capacity to care for patients with coronavirus, as well as other patients who may need urgent and emergency treatment, Nightingales being ready if local services are available. need beyond.
Jacqui Smith opened and concluded the ceremony, which also saw Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Welfare, appear via video link.
Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, also sent a message of support via video link.
Jacqui Smith, President of the UHB, said, “This new NHS Nightingale hospital is an extraordinary achievement and gives local people and staff the assurance that there will be additional beds available when needed.
“Our doctors, nurses, therapists and other staff in the region are working hard to make sure people get the care they need during the greatest challenge in NHS history.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Thanks to another huge team effort, NHS clinicians, military planners, construction workers and engineers have accomplished an extraordinary feat in building and fitting out a new NHS Nightingale in Birmingham in just over a week.
“Thanks to their incredible efforts and the team of dedicated NHS clinicians, nurses and support staff who will now work at NHS Nightingale, Birmingham, the NHS has the extra capacity it needs to care for patients with coronavirus in Birmingham and the West. Midlands.
“We all have a role to play in overcoming this disease and I urge you to continue to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. “
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Mr. Street said: “Today, on behalf of the residents of the West Midlands, I would like to warmly thank everyone who has made Nightingale Birmingham a reality.
“To the NEC group, used to working quickly for Crufts or the Good Food Show but never for anything like that – thank you. To the planners, builders, electricians, carpenters, caterers and cleaners who were brilliantly coordinated by the local company Interserve – thank you. And of course to the army who made it happen in less than 10 days – an incredible feat – thank you.
“I would also like to especially thank the NHS England and the Birmingham University Hospitals for putting this into service, while fighting the coronavirus day by day in your existing hospitals. And of course, our gratitude goes to the doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital support staff. across the West Midlands who will be working here in the coming weeks.
“But most of all, I want to thank you all for giving us hope, belief and confidence in what we can achieve here in Birmingham and in the West Midlands. This of course brings us back to the name of Nightingale; 200 years after her birth, she is remembered as a ray of hope. So it is only fitting that in these times of testing, the word Nightingale be above the door of our new hospital.
“This hospital is a symbol of our region’s unity and preparedness against the virus. It was wonderful to participate in the opening today to celebrate the hard work of so many, but I know that every citizen of the West Midlands hopes it should not be used in large numbers. It is in our hands to ensure that this is the case. ”
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The Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham will primarily admit patients aged 18 years and older who require less intensive recovery support or those with other conditions, in addition to COVID-19.
The hospital is for low-risk patients.
Those who need ventilators are more likely to be referred to other hospitals.
The main purpose of Nightingale Birmingham is to reduce the pressure on other hospitals in the area.
By caring for COVID-19 patients in general practice, this will allow existing hospitals and their expert clinical teams to focus on those in need of intensive care.
The hospital will also support patients who unfortunately receive end-of-life care and extensive support is in place to guarantee the dignity of these patients and their loved ones in these difficult times.
Patients will most likely be transported to NHS Nightingale Birmingham from other hospitals once they have recovered from the coronavirus.
The hospital initially provides 500 fully equipped beds to support most COVID-19 patients who are recovering and recovering and no longer require intensive hospital care.
There are four rooms, with 125 beds each.
The facility can quickly scale to 4,000 beds, if required.