What to expect from the NEC Nightingale Hospital Birmingham

The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is going to be the second temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital to be built in the country, as a response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital at the London Excel Centre was the first to turn an exhibition space into a 4,000-bed field hospital, which opened on April 3.

The NEC Birmingham will be the second exhibition space to be turned into a temporary Nightingale Hospital, as it is thought to have space to deal with the current surge in Covid-19 in the Midlands.

It is thought that the temporary hospital in Birmingham will be ready by the end of the week.

Here's what we can expect from the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the NEC, Birmingham:

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The hospital will start with 500 beds but will be able to reach a capacity of 2,000 beds if needed.

The NHS Nightingale Birmingham will draw nurses, doctors and other staff from across the health service, as well as a number of military medical workers, to support patients across the Midlands.

Some staff are already being redeployed to work at the NHS Nightingale Birmingham and there has been a number of volunteers offering their assistance.

Toby Lewis, the Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Midlands NHS Trust, wrote on twitter:

Birmingham-based printing company, Hollywood Monster have lent their services to the Government.

The printers have created the sign for the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital.

Here is an exclusive look of the sign:

Tim Andrews from Hollywood Monster said he and others at the printer firm were 'really, really proud' to be helping in anyway in the battle against Covid-19.

If you or anyone you know wishes to volunteer please click here to find out how you can get involved.