Manchester's Nightingale Hospital to reopen by the end of next week

File photo dated 14/04/20 of the NHS Nightingale North West hospital in Manchester Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester's Nightingale Hospital is expected to have reopened by the end of next week, medical bosses have said.

At a media briefing on Thursday, medical director of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Professor Jane Eddleston confirmed the facility at the Manchester Central conference centre would be opening again.

She said it would be available for use by patients from around the North West.

Prof Eddleston said the latest figures for the city showed there were 95 patients in critical care with Covid-19, compared to 260 at the peak of the pandemic.

She said in Greater Manchester there had been an ongoing transmission and a need for hospital beds for coronavirus throughout the summer.

Covid-secure hospital sites around the region had been identified to allow elective procedures to continue, she said.

Greater Manchester is going to go into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday following a rise in infections.

Inside the Nightingale Hospital, earlier this year Credit: ITV News

Director of public health for Manchester David Regan said work had been done with universities in the city to manage outbreaks in student accommodation and there had been a fall in the rate of the virus in people aged between 17 and 21.

But he said there was a concern about the rising number of cases among the over-50s and over-60s.