First large-scale military medical deployments for coronavirus

Soldiers from A Coy 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh practicing a roll on a simulation doll during training. As part of the response to COVID-19, a facility at the University of West England in Bristol has been converted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital. The Frenchay Campus, which has been re-purposed by private contractors, is now seeing military personnel undertake training in order to support the vital work being undertaken by the NHS.   The soldiers from Wiltshire based 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, commenced the two day package provided by trainers from the NHS which will enable them to serve as Nightingale Support Workers. Members of the Armed Forces have been involved with both Nightingale sites from the initial recces and have been assisting the NHS build the facilities at scale and pace with logistical and planning expertise. The medical personnel have been undergoing training with the NHS and have already begun embedding at the Harrogate site. The Nightingale hospitals have been set up around the country as part of a massive NHS effort to respond to the greatest global health emergency in more than a century. This extra capacity is on top of the 33,000 additional beds freed up across NHS hospitals – the equivalent of building 50 district general hospitals – and the up to 8,000 beds put at the NHS’ disposal through an unprecedented deal with the independent sector.

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