Official opening takes place for NHS Nightingale Hospital North West

  • Video report by Tim Scott

The country's latest Nightingale hospital is being officially opened in Manchester after it was built in just two weeks.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West at the Manchester Central Convention Centre has already started treating coronavirus patients from the region after it was completed earlier this week.

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An official opening will be held on Friday afternoon, with recorded speeches from the Duchess of Cornwall and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The facility will provide oxygen therapy and general medical care for people with Covid-19 who do not need critical care.

"Building this hospital in just a couple of weeks has taken the determination and boundless energy of people from many organisations who have come together to ensure our NHS has the necessary capacity during the pandemic, in what is an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis. "

Chief executive of NHS Nightingale Hospital North West Michael McCourt

The hospital is one of seven being built around the country as part of the NHS effort to respond to the pandemic, with facilities in London and Birmingham already open.

Initially 36 beds will be available, but the hospital could treat up to 750 patients.

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"Of course we hope as few of the 750 beds will be needed as possible, but we should take reassurance that the resource is there to help ease the pressure on our hospitals as we tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sir Richard Leese, Manchester City Council