Following the building and opening of NHS Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, at Manchester Central, the venue for Healthcare Estates, which followed the hospitals in London at London’s ExCel Centre and the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham; the NHS has announced further Nightingale Hospitals will be opened in Sunderland and Exeter to provide additional beds for patients with coronavirus symptoms.
Each hospital has seen many organisations mobilised in the help to provide extra beds to cope with the additional requirement caused by the pandemic.
The organisers of Healthcare Estates, Step Exhibitions and IHEEM have been publishing a fortnightly newsletter highlighting those companies helping the fight to deal with the crisis. Following the announcement about the development of NHS Nightingale hospitals in Bristol and Harrogate, a few days later NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens confirmed the additional sites in Devon and Tyne and Wear. Within a few weeks, this takes the total count of confirmed NHS Nightingale hospitals to seven.
The Exeter and Sunderland hospitals are expected to be operational towards the end of April or early May and will add up to 700 beds. Initially, NHS Nightingale North East will have up to 450 beds, while NHS Nightingale Exeter will have around 200 beds.
This extra capacity is on top of the 33,000 additional beds freed up across NHS hospitals and around 8,000 beds put at the disposal of the NHS through a deal with the independent sector.
The announcement comes after the first patients began to be admitted to NHS Nightingale Hospital London, which began operating in less than two weeks after its conception. The work was overseen by main contractor, CFES, working with contractors including Midas Group and architectural practice, BDP.
Arjo UK, who will be exhibiting on stand F51 at Healthcare Estates, is among furniture suppliers to the project, having deployed hundreds of its patient beds over recent days.
The new hospitals are being procured through the P22 framework, who exhibit every year at Healthcare Estates and this year will have a presence on stand F38. The P22 framework has been extended for up to 12 months to support the NHS through the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the Birmingham hospital, Interserve will lead the construction operation, with an initial 600 beds, rising to 4,000 in total. It will also build a drive-through testing centre.
It is believed that Vinci will construct the Manchester ward, while BAM (who sponsor the Healthcare Estates Sustainable Achievement category) is working on two emergency wards, though their location is not yet known.
ISS will provide all cleaning, portering, waste management and other ‘soft FM’ services at the ExCeL.
And Checkit has donated its Tutela medical monitoring system to help protect critical assets from temperature variations, reduce the manual burden on staff, and maintain the highest storage standards in accordance with CQC and HTA requirements.
The firm is now discussing similar deployments at the Manchester and Birmingham facilities.
The seven confirmed NHS Nightingale hospitals will be integrated with existing NHS Hospitals across England.
Other companies helping in the fight include Kingsway Group, Gilling Dod, Intastop, MTX Contracts and Eastwood Park Training, all actively involved in the battle to deal with the growing pandemic impacting our everyday lives
SteroPOD – the modular sanitary airlock for healthcare from Kingsway Group (Stand D8) has been designed in collaboration with healthcare professionals to provide an isolation barrier between a patient bedroom and the main ward area. The patent-pending design with a unique two-door entry/exit prevents cross-contamination and spread of infection back onto the ward.
Gilling Dod, Stand D10 are collaborating with the teams involved in the “Estates & Procurement Help Covid-19” response document. We know first-hand how extremely busy the various NHS Estates departments will be at the moment, looking at emergency planning and capacity issues, due to the anticipated increase in numbers expected to require urgent healthcare in the coming days, weeks and months. We have joined with our peers to create the Estates and Procurement Help, COVID-19 document.
The document lists a group of like-minded consultants and contractors who specialise in healthcare, who have put aside their usual roles as competitors, to come together to assist Trusts quickly and efficiently. It is the commitment of everyone to ensure that our frontline services are supported, so we can turn the tide on Covid-19.
Other suppliers in the crisis include Intastop, Stand E28, with their anti-bacterial door and wall protection products which are manufactured with an additive that prevents the growth of up to 99.9% of harmful microbes. MTX Contracts, Stand C68 are helping with the modular construction programme providing fast-track quality healthcare facilities. Offsite construction methods, such as mobile and modular buildings, are being increasingly deployed to help hospitals cope with the pressure on the healthcare systems brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.
Modular ‘pods’ are popping up across the country as medics struggle to keep patients isolated and prevent further spread of the disease. They are being used to help triage patients and to house those suspected, or proven, to have the virus.
Eastwood Park who can be seen on stand B22 is currently assisting with advice, training and planning having developed resources for medical equipment at the NHS Nightingale Hospital and emergency training for PHE.
Draeger Medical have significantly expanded production capacities in recent weeks to meet the demand for their products. There has been a significant increase in global demand for personal protective equipment, especially FFP masks, half masks, particle filters, safety glasses and protective suits. Draeger, who can be seen on Stand D54, produce masks in Sweden and South Africa. Our production capacities are fully utilised. We naturally have the relevant back-up stocks to cushion short-term fluctuations. However, due to the sharp increase in the number of infections, the amount of orders and enquiries is rising dramatically, so our production capacities are fully utilised.
‘In our Medical Technology division, we are currently producing almost twice as many ventilators as before. We are working flat out to expand our production capacity even further. Here, the fact that we invested in a future-oriented factory using state-of-the-art industrial production methods several years ago is now paying off. We have agreed with our employees on innovative work organisation and working time models. This gives us the necessary flexibility to respond to the high volume of orders. We particularly appreciate the commitment of our employees and are very grateful for their daily efforts to support our customers in helping others.
In times of pandemic, we at Dräger are doing everything in our power to meet our social responsibility to provide for society – worldwide’.
More than £14 billion from the Coronavirus emergency response fund will go towards public services, including the NHS and local authorities involved in the fight against Coronavirus, HM Treasury confirmed today (Monday 13 April 2020).The NHS will receive £6.6bn from the Government’s coronavirus emergency fund, the Treasury has said.
The funding will be used to “free up hospital beds, buy new ventilators, diagnostic tests and protective equipment for NHS staff, enable home delivery of medicines and support medical and nursing students and retired doctors and nurses to join the front line”, the Treasury revealed today (13 April).
The Treasury said the £6.6bn would form part of a £14.5bn coronavirus emergency response fund for the NHS, local authorities, rail services and devolved governments.
The Government announced an initial coronavirus contingency fund of £5billion for the NHS and public services on 11 March.
Source: HM Treasury announcement