More details and photos of UWE’s Nightingale Hospital released

New details, video, and photographs have been released by NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol today.

  • Interior of the ECC being converted to a hospital.
  • A construction worker in high visibility jacket and hard hat uses a drill whilst converting the interior of the ECC to a hospital.
  • Interior of the ECC being converted to a hospital.
  • Exterior shot of the ECC main entrance with some construction workers in high visibility jackets by the doors.
  • Inside of the ECC being converted to a hospital.

According to a press release, the specialist hospital based inside the ECC will care for up to 1,000 people affected by COVID-19, and is due to accept its first patients before the end of the month.

According to UWE’s Vice-Chancellor, Steve West, the ECC and all buildings required will be leased to the NHS at a cost of just £1, for as long as it is needed.

A video showing a timelapse of construction efforts has also been released.

This timelapse, released by the hospital, shows the impressive scale of the construction efforts.

The North Bristol NHS Trust will oversee the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol alongside its existing group of hospitals, which includes Southmead Hospital, Cossham Hospital, and Frenchay Hospital.

Elizabeth O’Mahoney, NHS Regional Director for the South West, said:

“This is the single biggest challenge facing our country for generations. We can learn from what is happening across the country and we want the NHS in the South West to be as well prepared as possible.

“The Nightingale Bristol will support our hospitals to care for critically ill patients as and when needed. We would prefer never to even admit a patient, but it will be in place if needed. We would ask that everyone in the south west follows the national recommendations to stay at home, observe social distancing, protect your local NHS and each of you will help save lives.”

The Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrea Young, will be the Accountable Officer for the hospital’s services, saying:

“We are deeply grateful to NHS staff and partners across the region for the support they are providing at this very challenging time. The Nightingale Bristol will enhance and support our critical care capacity across the South West and is a real collaborative partnership between all NHS providers, commissioners and partner agencies and organisations. 

“On behalf of the NHS I want to thank the public for their extraordinary support in maintaining self- isolation if symptomatic or vulnerable and through social distancing. Those actions are definitely helping us manage this pandemic and we need everyone to sustain them. 

Marie-Noelle Orzel has been seconded to lead the management team, which is being assembled from a number of NHS bodies in the South West.

The full leadership team is:

  • Marie-Noelle Orzel, Hospital Chief Officer
  • Paula Clarke, Deputy Chief Officer/COO (Director of Strategy and Transformation at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Mr Tim Whittlestone, Medical Director (Deputy Medical Director at North Bristol NHS Trust)
  • Hayley Peters, Nursing Director (Chief Nurse at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Brian Johnson, Director of Estates and Facilities (Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust)
  • Catherine Phillips, Finance Director (Director of Finance at North Bristol NHS  Trust)
  • Neil Darvill, IM& T Director (Chief Information Officer at North Bristol NHS Trust)
  • Jane Harris, Communications Director (Head of Communications and Engagement at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Steve Aumayer, HR Director (EKIM Consulting Limited, former UHB FT)
  • Xavier Bell, Director of Governance (Director of Corporate Governance and Trust Secretary at North Bristol NHS Trust)
  • Adrian Coombs, Programme Director (Major Events Boss Limited).

This senior team is made up of people seconded from their own organisations for an initial three month period or volunteering their skills and experiences for the project.

Photography and videos courtesy of NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol.

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