NHS Nightingale opens to serve coronavirus patients across North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 14:54 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 14:54 01 May 2020

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Archant

A virtual ceremony was held to open the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol on Monday.

Chief executive of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireChief executive of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The facility will provide up to 300 intensive care beds for coronavirus patients, if services across the region need them.

The hospital was opened by Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex who was joined by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock and Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.

People applaud after the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WirePeople applaud after the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The opening was conducted by video link in line with social distancing policies.

A degree of flexibility has been built into the hospital’s planning as the clinical picture and patient requirements evolve, the hospital will be able to adapt accordingly.

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WirePrince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The facility is one of seven Nightingale hospitals to be set up around the country as part of an NHS effort to respond to the greatest global health emergency in more than a century.

This extra capacity is on top of the 33,000 additional beds freed up across NHS hospitals – the equivalent of building 50 district general hospitals – and up to 8,000 beds put at the NHS’s disposal through an unprecedented deal with the independent sector.

The formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireThe formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Capacity still exists in hospitals to care for patients with coronavirus, as well as other patients who may need urgent and emergency treatment, with the Nightingales standing ready if local services need them beyond that.

Weston Hospicecare’s family support team (FST) has extended emotional care support to carers, families and friends of patients transferred to the Nightingale.

The formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireThe formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A hospice spokesman said: “The hospice is leading on this service through its FST and patients may be transferred to the Nightingale from all over the South West of England.

“We are pleased to be working alongside other hospices and organisations to provide the right type of support for those living outside of our local area.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireSecretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

“The FST has also been working with Concierge UK as they are unable to operate in their usual way during the restrictions, they have linked with Tesco to provide voluntary services to the local area.

“Concierge UK can provide support with shopping for groceries for any vulnerable patients and their families who have no other means of shopping.

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WirePrince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, speaks via video link during the formal opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

“Please contact Jen Wakefield at Jennifer.wakefield@westonhospicecare.org.uk or on 07976 371087 to make a referral.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Somerset Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the North Somerset Times