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NHS Nightingale: Liquid oxygen tank arrives as ExCel Centre is turned into makeshift hospital

An army of workers is transforming London's Excel Centre into the makeshift NHS Nightingale.

On Thursday a liquid oxygen tank was lifted from the back a lorry as the site was turned into a temporary hospital made up of two wards, each of 2,000 beds.

Speaking recently Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

We will, next week, open a new hospital – a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people.

With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support that they need.

– Matt Hancock MP, Health Secretary

More centres like the ExCel are being identified as possible makeshift hospitals if needed.

The event halls at ExCeL London feature more than 87,000 square metres of space and capacity for more than 68,000 visitors, in addition to several smaller areas within the venue.

The centre hosts several events including London Bridal Fashion Week, MCM Comic Con, and the Ucas Higher Education Exhibition, many of which attract tens of thousands of people and have been postponed due to the outbreak.