London’s NHS Nightingale hospital set up to treat people with Covid-19 will be “placed on standby” because of falling patient numbers, No 10 has said.
It is unlikely new patients will need admission to the 4,000-bed hospital at the ExCeL convention centre in the coming days, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said. “It would be ready to receive patients should that be required, but we are not anticipating that will be the case,” he said.
There are currently five Nightingale hospitals in England, with two more being prepared. The spokesman did not confirm whether the hospitals outside London would also be put on standby.