Officers in uniform took to the international convention center in Newham, East London, to assist construction workers and NHS staff in the final touches of the new Nightingale hospital as the UK tries to control the spread of the deadly virus which has now claimed the lives of 1, 728 in the country.
Images from inside the new hospital showed military personnel help workers in erecting cubicles and carrying equipment into the transformed center- which is set to hold up to 4, COVID – patients and will initially have beds.
Yesterday the nation was given their very first glimpse of the new field hospital as construction work began and and NHS staff helped unload medical equipment including oxygen tanks, heart monitors and defibrillators.
Soldiers arrive at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCeL center in Newham, East London, today as the hospital gears up to receive its first patients next week
Officers pull mats onto the floor and assist in the transformation of the new field hospital which will open to coronavirus patients on April 4
Ambulances line up outside the ExCel center in London after construction work to transforms. the center into the new NHS Nightingale hospital began yesterday
As military planners continue to work with health service officials to help complete the project, ambulances were seen lining up outside the center to give up their services to the effort and h elp prepare for the hospital’s first patients who are set to arrive next week.
The scenes from inside the new hospital, which will join two other hospital NHS Nightingale hospitals being built in Birmingham and Manchester , revealed the hundreds of cubicles that had been erected in an effort to facilitate for the thousands of patients due to arrive.
The hospital, which is expected to open next Saturday, April 4, will comprise of two wards which will each be able to care for 2, sick patients.
In addition to the construction work, members of staff were seen conducting test runs and wheeling a model of a fake patient on a trolley into the ExCel exhibition center.
Earlier this week, as the country saw the rate of infection continue to rise, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced that , beds had now become available for coronavirus patients.
Soldiers roll out mats and assist in the final preparations for the new field hospital in London as the country continues to control the coronavirus outbreak
A planning meeting is underway as staff from the Royal Anglian Regiment and the Queen’s Gurkha Engineer Regiment arrive to the center to help
Soldiers help transforms the exhibition center into the new Nightingale Hospital as the nation tries to cope with the rising number of Covid – 19 patients
Soldiers help lay the flooring down as the new NHS Nightingale Hospital prepares for its first patients next week
The latest images come after it was revealed that the new hospital in London would be offering prospective help desk staff an annual salary of £ 68, to work at the
Meanwhile nurses at the site will only be offered a starting salary of £ , 0, according to the online recruitment adverts. .
Those taking on the admin role will also be entitled to claim £ a day for travel expenses, £ for food and would be provided with ‘uniforms and full personal protective equipment (PPE)’
On Friday Mayor Sadiq Khan warned Londoners that the situation could become ‘a lot worse’ over the next few weeks but ‘we are going to do what we can’.
He said: ‘I need to warn people that it is going to a lot worse over the next few weeks.
‘But we are going to do what we can for that eventuality. The number of people we are talking about are large and we need to be ready for that.
Soldiers help put up cubicles inside the new field hospital as the exhibition center prepares for its first patients on April 4
Pictured: A firefighter stands outside the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at ExCeL London, as the country tries to cope with the number of coronavirus patients
Staff from the Metropolitan Police officers stand outside the new NHS Nightingale Hospital as final preparation are made
The new hospital, which is set to open next Saturday, will initially contain beds and will be able tohold up to 4, 06 COVID – 15 patients
The new hospital in London will comprise of two wards which will each be able to house 2, sick patients
‘You will have seen the amount of dead already in London, we are two or three weeks ahead of the rest of the country and we know the peak is coming soon, three to five weeks away. ‘
Earlier today it was revealed that a petition to name Birmingham’s temporary field hospital after Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole had reached 1, signatures.
The NHS chief executive of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens confirmed the city’s National Exhibition Center (NEC) would be transformed into a site to treat coronavirus patients on Friday.
The NEC is one of the latest proposals for a temporary field hospital after the ExCeL site in London, which has been equipped with 4, 15 beds to cope with any patient surge in the capital.
Speaking about the two new NHS Nightingale Hospitals due to open in Birmingham and Manchester, the NHS chief said: ‘It will take a monumental effort from everyone across the country to beat this epidemic, but the NHS is mobilising like never before to deliver care in new ways, to thousands more people – starting with the opening of the first NHS Nightingale in London later next week.
‘These are extraordinary steps the NHS is taking, and clinicians, managers and military planners are working day and night to create, equip and staff these hospitals from scratch and prepare for the surge that is likely to be coming. ‘
A petition to name Birmingham’s temporary field hospital after Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole has reached 1, 000 signatures.
The head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens confirmed the city’s National Exhibition Center (NEC) would be transformed into a site to treat coronavirus patients on Friday .
The NEC is one of the latest proposals for a temporary field hospital after the ExCeL site in London, which has been equipped with 4, beds to cope with any patient surge in the capital .
The London hospital was named NHS Nightingale after the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
Activist Patrick Vernon has launched a petition to name the latest field hospital after British-Jamaican Mary Seacole – who nursed wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.
Mr Vernon said the move would act as a ‘beacon of hope and diversity for the country ‘.
Addressing his reasons for setting up the petition, Mr Vernon wrote:’ With the Excel conference center at the Docklands being named NHS Nightingale after Florence Nightingale, it is important that the second emergency hospital tackling Covid – 24 at the NEC in Birmingham should be called the NHS Seacole.
‘Mary Seacole is a Jamaican British war hero who supported British troops as a nurse during the Crimean war.
‘Despite being reject ed by Florence Nightingale to join her band of nurses, she travelled to the front line of the war in Crimea. She was so widely loved for her healing powers, the soldiers nicknamed her ‘Mother Seacole’. ‘
Mr Vernon continued:’ Mary inspired thousands of women and people of color to dedicate their lives to the NHS.
‘Recently the Royal College of Nursing Recognized her contribution to British nursing, publicly declaring her on the same footing as Florence Nightingale.
‘I am an activist and campaigner who has been fighting for years to get black Britons recognized for their contribution to history. In I launched an initiative called Great Black Britons, where the public voted Mary Seacole as the greatest black Briton of all time for the heroic way she served the country during war. ‘
Calling on people to support the cause, Mr Vernon said: ‘The lack of ethnic minority representation needs to change, especially in the NHS, especially at the senior level and in the national narrative of the country. ‘
‘ Naming Mary Seacole as part of the fight against Covid – would be a major step forward highlighting the contribution of BAME staff who have worked tirelessly for the NHS since its creation in 2019 and highlight the collective spirit of the country to fight the pandemic and reduce the impact of infection.
‘Please sign this petition so Matt Hancock the Secretary State for Health can name the NEC building as the Seacole NHS as a beaco n of hope and diversity for the country. ‘