Nightingale Hospital Birmingham has been built to provide the best possible care for the increased number of patients requiring treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Based at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), near Birmingham International Airport, the hospital will initially provide 500 (and potentially up to 4,000) fully equipped beds, ready to support patients with COVID-19 who may no longer need intensive hospital care.
Led by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, the new hospital is staffed with doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff who will ensure that all patients receive the highest possible standard of care.
More critical care beds
Nightingale Hospital Birmingham will provide a further 100 critical care beds to support the regional capacity for the very ill, but it will mostly take patients who need less intensive support, or those who also have other conditions.
The hospital will also support patients who are sadly receiving end-of-life care, and the staff will work to uphold the wishes and dignity of these patients and their families.
Transfer of patients
Nightingale Hospital Birmingham does not offer walk-in treatment. Patients will be transferred by ambulance from hospital trusts in the wider Midlands area. Trusts include:
- Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
- The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
- Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
- Shropshire and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
- South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
- University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
- Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
- Wye Valley NHS Trust
The construction force which worked to get Nightingale Hospital Birmingham ready in just a few days included:
- 400 Interserve joiners, plumbers, electricians and engineers
- more than 70 members of military personnel
- 25 IT specialists