What's next for Nightingale
POTENTIAL interim uses for Bristol’s pop-up Nightingale hospital are being considered while it is on standby.
Regional and national NHS bosses will need to agree on any new way forward for the “very restricted” facility, which will need extra investment to implement.
NHS England has refused to confirm the cost of creating the field hospital at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus, which has been estimated at between £5.4million and £16million, or what the running costs have been.
It was built in less than three weeks in April, to provide 300 intensive care beds for coronavirus patients, but was never used and was put into standby on June 30.
Professor Peter Brindle told the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group the hospital was "a very restricted facility", adding: “At the moment it’s only really capable of looking after people who are unconscious and have Covid. At the moment we don’t have any of those at all.
“Anything we want to do differently will require extra investment.
“A team is collecting ideas and business cases. We may not end up going with any of them.”
By Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporting Service