Bristol news Bristol Nightingale Hospital to be put on 'standby' MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Bristol's Nightingale Hospital will be officially demoted to 'standby' mode after NHS bosses decided it is not currently needed. The pop-up hospital was built especially for coronavirus patients at the start of the pandemic, inside the conference centre at the University of the West of England's Frenchay campus. This afternoon (Tuesday, June 30), the NHS announced that the facility will "formally move into a standby mode" from "the end of June". The 300-bed hospital had been designed as an "insurance policy", the statement said, in case other hospitals in the South West region did not have enough capacity for coronavirus patients. 'We always hoped it was never needed' Marie-Noelle Orzel, chief officer at the hospital, said: "We have always said that we hope our hospital is never needed. "To date, thanks to the hard work of NHS colleagues in the region and large numbers of people following the expert advice and guidance, there has been no need to use our hospital." Marie-Noelle Orzel talks about the new Nightingale Hospital at the conference centre at UWE in Bristol (Image: NHS Nightingale Bristol) Her colleague Tim Whittlestone, medical director at the hospital, added: “Our mission remains to save lives, provide hope and enhance and support critical care capacity across our Severn region. "At present there is sufficient critical care capacity within our region which means that, for the time being, it is appropriate that our hospital will move into a standby mode. "As and when we are needed, we will stand up to provide care with compassion to critically ill people with Covid-19.
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What does this mean? The hospital's chief officer Marie-Noelle Orzel explained: "Moving our hospital into a standby mode means that we remain ready and waiting for when we are needed but are able to return staff and resources to other services and hospitals for the time being. "This ensures that we are able to best use our resources to support our Severn region critical care network to care for current patients."
Bristol NHS Nightingale Hospital
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The new Nightingale Hospital at the conference centre at UWE in Bristol
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Regarding what will happen to the facility now, Mr Whittlestone said: "We are actively discussing with our NHS colleagues across the region how we can best use our facilities during this standby period to support their clinical and non-clinical work. "Our focus is on making the best use of our resources for the benefit of all." The hospital is run by North Bristol NHS Trust, which also oversees other hospitals including Southmead. It is one of several Nightingale hospitals across the country. The biggest, in London, had already been placed on standby at the start of May.
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