A temporary Nightingale Hospital will be built in Jersey, to help treat people with Covid-19.
It will be built at Millbrook Playing Field, and will house 180 beds for patients suffering with the virus.
Work has begun on the £14.4 million facility today (Thursday 9 April) and it will be operational by the first week of May.
There will be enough space for six 30-bed wards and areas to admit and discharge patients, as well as staff rest and changing facilities, X-rays, equipment storage, laundry and a morgue.
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Fort Regent and a number of hotels were rejected as potential sites for the hospital, because they would not allow beds to arranged in the correct way for a Nightingale hospital.
Millbrook was selected over other parks, including The People’s Park, Lower Victoria Park, Les Jardin Car Park and FB Playing Fields because it has better accessibility and access to electricity and drainage.
The aluminium frame and semi-rigid panels are being shipped to Jersey, and work to assemble the temporary building will begin next week.
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