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Nightingale Hospital with 180 beds to be built in Jersey

Work has begun on the £14.4 million facility today (Thursday 9 April) and it will be operational by the first week of May. Credit: ITV Channel TV

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.

We expect the number of cases to grow slowly over time and then to escalate, and the Jersey Nightingale Hospital will provide the extra in-patient care capacity we will need as our curve gets steeper and the number of Islanders needing medical support in hospital increases.

Our objective is to increase capacity and support staffing and additional beds while using the current workforce resources available in Jersey.

By having beds set out in rows in the Nightingale configuration, we are enabling our staff to work most efficiently, and will be in the best position we can be to meet increased demand.

– Senator John Le Fondre, Chief Minister of Jersey
  • WATCH the Chief Minister's full statement here...

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.

  • WATCH the start of construction...

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