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Covid-19: London’s Nightingale Hospital will reopen for non-covid cases

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n15 (Published 05 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n15

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital is currently being repurposed to take patients without covid-19 who are recovering from operations and procedures, to help relieve the unprecedented demand for beds in the capital.

Since Christmas, hospitals in London and the south east have come under significant pressure from high covid-19 infection rates, with one hospital trust forced to cancel some cancer operations and another now operating in “disaster medicine mode.”

During the first wave of the pandemic the Nightingale Hospital London, based at the ExCeL centre, was set up to take patients with covid-19 requiring critical care. However, only 51 patients were treated at the facility before it was closed in May.1

A spokesperson for the NHS in London told The BMJ, “We are working hard to prepare NHS Nightingale Hospital London to take patients if necessary. It will provide rehabilitation for people who are recovering after an emergency hospital stay and who are not covid positive, freeing up other beds in hospital for covid patients.”

Newspapers have reported that only 300 beds will be available at …

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