Exeter’s NHS Nightingale hospital moved from Westpoint Arena to new location

The NHS Nightingale hospital which is being built in Exeter to help combat the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be at Westpoint Arena, it has been announced.

It was decided that a site the size of Westpoint was not required due to the lower-than-expected transmission rates of COVID-19 in the South West.

Instead, NHS Nightingale Exeter will be based at the former Homebase store in Sowton industrial estate.

The hospital will be built inside the former Homebase store in Sowton. Credit: Google Maps

A spokesperson for the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed construction work will begin in the next few days.

The Westpoint Arena hospital was due to be the smallest of the seven Nightingales being built across the country.

The facility at Sowton, once built, will provide care and treatment for patients from Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

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