The North West's Nightingale Hospital is to be put on standby, it has emerged.

The facility in Manchester opened in April with the capacity to treat up to 750 Covid-19 patients.

It was built in just two weeks at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, with aim of providing extra capacity during the pandemic.

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Health officials say the acute hospitals in the North West have shown they are now able to admit all the coronavirus patients who currently require treatment, and this will reduce the number of referrals to the Nightingale.

And as a result, after the last patient leaves, the hospital will be placed on standby, ready to resume operations as and when needed in the weeks and potentially months to come.

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It is being stressed that does not mean the Nightingale’s role in the North West’s response to the virus is over, should the number of Covid-19 cases increase again as social distancing rules are eased.