Work to build an NHS Nightingale hospital in Devon is now officially underway.

Nightingale Exeter, at the former Homebase store in Moor Lane, will provide a regional resource for Devon, Cornwall and neighbouring counties supporting the existing hospital network.

Daniel Wilkins

Work to transform the former retail unit began on Wednesday, May 6. It is expected to be completed by the middle/end of June.

NHS leaders in Devon say that they hope that Nightingale Exeter will not be needed but if or when it is, it will be ready.

As well as treating the sickest patients, Nightingale Exeter could also be used for those patients with less severe problems associated with Covid-19 – and for those who are recovering after a period in hospital.

To support the maximum number of beds (120), 450 NHS clinical staff from across the region would work at the hospital.

Until they are required, staff will remain on standby – at their existing hospitals or workplaces.

Once the hospital has opened, it will be operated by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of all the hospitals in Devon and Cornwall.

Rob Dyer, medical director of the Nightingale hospital, said: “We have brought together a strong team to deliver this latest addition to the NHS Nightingale hospital family.

“In many ways the outlook is better than it was because of the amazing response to ‘lock-down’ in the Southwest.

“The Nightingale Hospital Exeter has been designed to be flexible to support the recovery of our hospitals after a period where we have not been able to provide ‘usual services’.”

Philippa Slinger, the NHS chief executive leading the development of the hospital in Exeter, added: “Getting the new hospital open this quickly is a huge task but all involved are working hard to get it completed.

“We remain determined to ensure it is built so that it can be used for patients whether they are very sick or if they need less intensive care – including early rehabilitation after they have been unwell.

“The partnership between the NHS, partner agencies, the military and contractors so far has been second to none and I thank everyone involved.”

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One thought on “Work to build an NHS Nightingale hospital in Devon is now officially underway.

  1. I would welcome the Nightingale if it didn’t worry me so much that it anticipates an uptick in the number of people who go down with covid19. The medical advice is clear enough: more social contact = more transmission. Trace and trace is not a runner yet, by any stretch of the imagination, and the public dodge and weave exercises at 5pm each day when sundry arsewipes from the cabinet try to present their policies as the only and the best response to the pandemic, should tell us, surely, that the current government is the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are in for a rough ride I fear: herd immunity -still the Tories policy of choice, is being rolled out as a success story, more often now against the technical advice they are getting. It is a test for us. How long can we sit and suck up this crap. Not much longer I hope.


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