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Latest on NHS Nightingale as Bristol hospitals under ‘extreme’ coronavirus pressure

Bristol’s purpose-built Nightingale hospital is still not taking coronavirus patients, despite “extreme pressure” on neighbouring NHS facilities.

The NHS Nightingale, which was set up at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus in April, remains “on standby” as the third national lockdown begins.

It has capacity to provide 300 beds for COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care, but was only ever intended to be used if existing hospitals could not cope.

Since November its has instead been used by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for daytime paediatric services, and by Bristol Eye Hospital for patient assessments.

This function is ongoing, despite the mutant variant of the virus putting more strain on the NHS.

Bristol City Council issued an update on Monday stating that the city’s hospitals are under “extreme pressure” due to rising coronavirus admissions.

However, it would seem that health bosses have not yet seen it necessary to use the Nightingale.

A spokesperson for the hospital advised: “We remain in standby in terms of our in-patient ICU [intensive care] beds.

“We are continuing to host outpatient and day case services for University Hospitals Bristol and Weston.”

In his speech on Monday (January 4) announcing a third national lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country was moving to alert level 5. Read from source….