The South West hospitals where the military will be used to ease coronavirus pressure

Military personnel will support NHS staff at hospitals in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Credit: PA

Military personnel will work in several West Country hospitals to support NHS staff during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The armed forces will support staff working in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and Devon as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

A list of some of the hospitals and health care providers in the South West which will receive military support has been released after ITV News West Country revealed the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General would be among the first to benefit.

Weston General will receive military support, as well as hospitals in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Some of the hospitals in our region are:

  • Weston General Hospital

  • Bristol Royal Infirmary

  • Southmead Hospital

  • Yate Minor Injuries Unit

  • Clevedon Minor Injuries Unit

  • South Bristol Urgent Treatment Centre

  • Royal United Hospital Bath

  • Exeter Nightingale Hospital

Military support has been offered to NHS trusts across the country as medics on the frontline continue to treat patients.

A spokesperson for the Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) said: “We are really pleased to have this support for our response as there are increasing number of people being hospitalised with Covid-19.

“It remains really important that everyone helps by staying at home, follow Hands, Face, Space when outside and use services appropriately.”

Exeter's Nightingale Hospital before it started treating patients. Credit: ITV West Country

Military troops have already started to arrive at the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter. So far, the Royal Navy has deployed 46 personnel - 26 Navy medical assistants and 20 general assistants.

It means the hospital will be able to care for an increased number of patients with Covid-19.

A spokesperson for the NHS said, "The NHS is grateful to the many military personnel working in hospitals in the South West, alongside doctors, nurses and others who have returned to the NHS front line and to the tens of thousands of St John volunteers working across the country.

"The NHS has 50,000 more staff now working in the health service than a year ago all working round the clock to respond to unprecedented pressure on the NHS."

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