Temporary “Nightingale” hospitals should be rehabilitated under plans that would include a gymnasium and a training center to deal with the spread of Covid-19 cases in England, as officials seek to avoid new bans.
The number of Covid patients in England hospitals has been steadily increasing since the onset of the Omicron coronavirus, and exceeded 10,000 on Wednesday for the first time since early March, according to recent reports. The number of new Covid cases reported in the UK jumped again Wednesday to 183,037, though the numbers are rising sharply due to reports remaining during the holidays.
Sajid Javid, health secretary, hopes that increasing the number of emergency hospitals will remove the NHS and eliminate the need for new ways to deal with the economy.
“Javid wants to do everything he can to avoid further sanctions,” said one official, who said the introduction of additional vaccines, testing, antiretroviral treatment and the number of hospitals were all that was needed.
Boris Johnson could face stiff opposition from his cabinet ministers and Tory MPs if they try to stop Covid cases in hospitals by imposing new restrictions on hospitality companies and mergers.
However, the Prime Minister’s call for “careful” New Year’s celebrations has been hampered by the decline in PCR tests – essential tools to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.
The emergence of additional surgeons in the NHS reflects concerns over the mid-January increase in hospital admissions that threaten the growing number of health care providers who already have a staff shortage.
NHS England said temporary shelters – each with a capacity of about 100 patients – would be set up in eight hospitals across the country, with work starting this week.
The additional facilities, which will be located at the site of St George’s Hospital in London, Solihull Hospital near Birmingham and Royal Preston Hospital, have taken patients who are seriously ill to be discharged but need further evaluation. NHS officials acknowledged this but warned that arresting them would bring serious consequences for the people who lost it.
NHS values have also been asked to identify areas such as gymnasiums and learning centers that can be adapted to accommodate patients. The temporary Nightingale area could be expanded to accommodate more than 4,000 super surge beds across the country.
The NHS is already using hotels, hospices and hospices to discharge as many medically qualified people as possible, opening the way for further Covid cases.
The new Nightingale divisions will have medical consultants and nurses, as well as non-medical staff who will be quickly trained to hand out regular checks. Professor Stephen Powis, chief medical officer at the NHS, said the NHS was “now at war”.
“We still do not know how many of those infected will need treatment in a hospital,” Powis said. “But due to the prevalence of the disease we cannot wait to find out before taking action on why work is underway from today to ensure the site is well located.”
Javid said: “We hope that Nightingale’s operating theater in hospitals will not be used but it is necessary to prepare for all the events and increase the capacity.”
An initial review of Nightingale hospitals – built in the early months of the epidemic in 2020 – was set up to address the problem of traumatic surgery for patients in need of oxygen treatment.
However, fewer than 400 patients were admitted to seven temporary hospitals in England during the first and second waves, according to official data. The facility closed in March this year.
Chris Hopson, head of NHS Providers, which represents health leaders across the country, welcomed the move as a “insurance coverage”. But he said working in overtime would be a “serious problem”.
Matthew Taylor, chief of the NHS Confederation, who represents organizations in all medical sectors, said the move is a recent example of NHS executives being “productive and passionate even in the face of high demand.”
However, he cautioned that “workers are still a barrier to medical care”. “Working elsewhere can help but it is not a lot of money with a lot of work and the staff is sick,” he said.