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temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital to open in London‬

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that a temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is being built at the Excel centre in London.

NHS Nightingale will have a capacity for 4,000 people and is expected to open next week at the Excel Centre in east London.

The hospital will open with up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen with capacity increasing to several thousand beds.

The military have been called in to aid in the construction of the new hospital.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “In the face of this unprecedented global emergency, we are taking exceptional steps to increase NHS capacity so we can treat more patients, fight the virus and save lives.

“I applaud the NHS, engineers, and the military for their continued work on setting up the new NHS Nightingale Hospital so it is ready to open its doors next week – a remarkable feat in these challenging circumstances.”

Military personnel have been involved in the planning stages and continue to support NHS England by providing infrastructure, logistics and project management advice.

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