Birmingham NEC and Manchester CCC to be used as emergency hospitals

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Birmingham NEC and Manchester CCC to be used as emergency hospitals to treat Coronavirus patients

Related tags: Coronavirus, Birmingham, Manchester, Nhs

Two more UK conference centres are to be temporarily repurposed as emergency hospitals to treat Coronavirus patients.

Speaking at today’s (27 March) Government briefing, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens said he had given the go-ahead to the building of two further hospitals: in the Birmingham NEC and the Manchester CCC respectively.

Stevens added that further such hospitals would follow.

On Tuesday (24 March) Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled plans for the new NHS Nightingale Hospital​, which is set to open within the ExCeL convention centre in London’s Docklands next week. 

NHS Nightingale will consist of two wards, and be able to hold up to 4,000 patients.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who led today’s Government briefing, praised the work of hospitality businesses such as Leon​, which have pledged to remain open to support NHS teams and other essential workers that rely on its services.

He said: “I want to thank those in the hospitality and catering sector who have stepped up, and are doing everything they can to support the vulnerable."

The country’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak has intensified significantly this week, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering a nationwide lockdown on Monday (23 March) to help stop the spread of the virus. 

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