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NHS Nightingale North West to reopen

It has been announced that the NHS Nightingale North West hospital will reopen later today (Oct 28).

The makeshift hospital, built inside Manchester Central Conference Centre was originally supposed to treat the overspill of Covid-19 patients during the peak of the pandemic, although it was ultimately not needed.

The hospital will begin treating patients who are required to stay in hospital that are not suffering from Coronavirus.

The hospital is able to care for a maximum of 750 patients, meaning 750 beds will be made available in hospitals across the North West.

Nightingale hospitals across the country were told to mobilise earlier this month in anticipation of a second spike of the pandemic, which is seeing similar numbers to the original “peak” of the virus.

A spokeswoman for the NHS in the North West said:

“The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will accept patients from today to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but do need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments."

Data shows that as of October 26, North West hospitals had 2,407 patients with coronavirus, which is only 483 off the peak seen in April.

It is unclear whether other Nightingale hospitals will reopen, although it is likely.

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