Emergency “field hospitals” to deal with the explosion in coronavirus patients could open across the UK, the government said.
The surge in extra capacity will begin next week at London’s ExCel center, where 500 of the 4,000 “NHS Nightingale” beds will open in the harbor’s vast exhibition hall.
The huge convention centers in Birmingham, Manchester and other cities are also reported to be converted into field hospitals.
Today Downing Street confirmed that military planners have been set up in teams across the country and have not ruled out the option.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The current focus is on putting the ExCel center into operation as the NHS Nightingale Hospital.
“But NHS England is actively preparing for a variety of scenarios as the epidemic continues and is working with clinicians and military planners teams across the country.”
Pressed that this means more across the country, he said, “As I said, we are working with local health services across the country.”
From tattoo conventions and business conferences, to the World Travel Market and Comic Con, the huge ExCeL London will host a completely more life-saving operation from next week.
The complex, in east London, is converted into a NHS Nightingale field hospital, with its twin hangars each taking 2,000 sick and severely ill patients of Covid-19.
It represents the last use for the center, which was opened at the turn of the millennium after being suspended since the docks were closed to commercial traffic in 1981.
Today, huge oxygen tanks have been identified that were moved into position to support an influx of patients.
A video was posted on Twitter by worker Alex Woodside walking in the empty building.
He said, “I didn’t take this virus very seriously until I saw it this morning. I’ll come in and that’s the size of the room. It’s where it’s all going.
“We have 4,000 beds to enter. Two morgues. This room is one kilometer long. And there is also a room on the other side.”
The CEO of national health service providers – who represent hospital and ambulance trusts – said that hospitals in the capital are likely to reach capacity in a few days.
He said they face a demanded “explosion” at the same time as an unprecedented number of staff are ill or in isolation.
Calling it an “evil combination”, Chris Hopson said, “It’s the number of patients that arrive, the speed with which they arrive and how sick they are.
“They speak wave after wave after wave. The word often used for me is a continuous tsunami.”
The verdict of mr. Hopson was darker than that of other medical experts.
The professor. Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London led the modeling alert of 250,000 deaths that resulted in the UK’s most severe blockade. He said the BBC’s escalation capacity may not be violated.