Harrogate NHS Nightingale Hospital put on standby as Covid virus cases rise across the north

NHS England's medical director has announced Harrogate as one of three locations in the north of England where Nightingale hospitals will be mobilised as UK infection rates rise.

By Graham Chalmers
Monday, 12th October 2020, 11:52 am
Updated Monday, 12th October 2020, 11:56 am
Ordered to mobilise as the virus figures rise - The NHS Nightingale hospital in Harrogate.
Ordered to mobilise as the virus figures rise - The NHS Nightingale hospital in Harrogate.

In a televised briefing to the nation this morning, Professor Steve Powis said Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate would be asked to "mobilise in the next few weeks."

As Government concern over virus rates mounts, The NHS Nightingale hospitals will be asked to prepare to accept patients, either new Covid sufferers or people recovering from the virus.

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Prof Powis also warned that if we don't take measures to control the virus now, the death toll that will be seen this winter will be too high to bear.

He said everyone was keen to avoid the situation where the NHS would have to cancel non-urgent surgeries, as occurred during the first wave of coronavirus.

Prof Powis also said the Nightingale hospitals could be asked to offer "elective and diagnostic services" for other patients who do not have the virus.

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