The first picture from inside a NHS Nightingale hospital being built in the West Country to treat coronavirus patients has been shared online.

The hospital is being built at a conference centre at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.

Capable of caring for up to 1,000 patients, it will be staffed by NHS workers including medical students, former doctors and other key workers who have come out of retirement to help.

Deputy leader of North Somerset Council, Mike Bell, tweeted a picture of the new-look facility during a recent visit.

Fantastic to see the progress being made to set up the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol, which is due to accept its first patients in the week commencing April 20.

Mike Bell on Twitter

The picture shows work to convert the site is still in its initial stages.

The Nightingale hospitals are part of a nationwide effort to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Watch: First NHS Nightingale hospital opens at ExCel centre in London

According to the latest figures, more than a million cases of the virus have been registered around the world.

In the UK, 55,000 people have now tested positive for Covid-19, while more than 6,000 people have died.

After it was confirmed a NHS Nightingale hospital would be built in Bristol, Tim Bowles, who is the Mayor of the West of England, praised UWE for stepping forward in response to the “nation’s time of crisis”.

While we all hope these bed spaces won’t be needed, it is absolutely right that we should be prepared.

Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England

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