Public health officials have confirmed that Manchester’s Nightingale Hospital is to reopen at the end of week in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The facility will be used for “additional rehabilitation” purposes.
Speaking at the Manchester City Council media briefing earlier, Professor Jane Eddleston – Joint Group Medical Director and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – said: “The Nightingale Hospital in Manchester will open at the end of next week.
“It will be used as a facility for COVID patients to have additional rehabilitation before they are released home.”
She continued: “The Nightingale will not be used as a critical care facility and neither was it in the first phase, it will be used as a facility for patients to have additional rehabilitation.”
The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West is ocated in the heart of Manchester, at the Manchester Central conference centre – formerly known as G-MEX – and is a key facility in the region’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19.)
Looking after the health and wellbeing of patients is described as the hospital’s is a top priority and is a motive that has shaped how the site was built.
Proving an insight into the current situation, David Regan – Director of Public Health for Manchester – also said today: “The COVID infection rate in Manchester has come down since 3 October [and] the main reason for that reduction is collaboration with universities in Manchester.”
“[But] we are concerned in rising number of cases in the over 60s [as] it has been rising steadily. We know that is where we have the greatest concern which may result in hospital admissions.
“Emphasis is on reducing household transmission, this is still the main driver of infections.”
He added: “We know what we do now will reduce the pressure on our hospitals, on our social care facilities, on our care homes in the next few challenging months.”
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