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Yorkshire Nightingale Hospital To Treat Non-COVID Patients

Yorkshire Nightingale Hospital To Treat Non-COVID Patients

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 10:31am 3rd June 2020.

Yorkshire and the Humber's NHS Nightingale Hospital is to be used for the first time – but not for patients suffering from Covid-19.

The 500-bed hospital, built at Harrogate Convention Centre, was opened at the peak of the virus outbreak in April.

It has since been on standby to take coronavirus patients if hospitals in Yorkshire and the Humber, became overwhelmed.

But it will now be used for outpatient radiology appointments from tomorrow, Thursday, June 4.

Steve Russell, chief executive of NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and the Humber, said it will offer diagnostic and surveillance scans to patients with radiology referrals.

He said:

“A number of NHS services have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as hospitals have had to prioritise the care of patients with the virus.

The measures taken to introduce social distancing and manage hospital demand have meant that we’ve not yet needed to use the NHS Nightingale Hospital for its original intended purpose.

We’ve therefore taken the decision to utilise the equipment and begin offering CT scans at the facility so that we can get patients seen quickly.”

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