It's been confirmed that a small number of seriously ill COVID patients have been transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary from the south of England because of pressures on the health system there. The exact number of critical care patients involved is not being revealed, though it is fewer than five individuals.
The practice of transferring patients, at times of great pressure on the health service, is not confined to the pandemic though it is more likely to happen within regions.
In a statement, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust told us:
In a separate development, it has been also been confirmed that the Nightingale North East remains on standby for use if required during the COVID crisis. The hospital, in Washington, opened last May to provide extra capacity should it be needed.