We are very proud to be supporting our NHS heroes by helping to convert Manchester Central Convention Centre into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.
NHS Nightingale Hospital North West is being delivered by IHP, our healthcare joint venture with VINCI Construction UK.
The new 17,000 sq m facility is designed to help deal with the increased pressures on the NHS and its capacity to look after patients.
Our IHP team are on site operating alongside experts from the military, social care, local government and charities, with work progressing rapidly.
Within the week, the facility will be equipped and staffed to receive up to 750 patients from across the North West of England the North West, including Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and South Cumbria as well as Greater Manchester.
The hospital is being delivered under the Department of Health’s ProCure22 framework and will be staffed by consultants, junior doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a huge range of non-clinical support workers and administrators.
They will look after Covid-19 patients from across the region who do not need intensive care but who still need treatment.
Jackie Bird, Chief Nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement North West, said: “The Nightingale programme, together with the rest of the coronavirus response, really shows what the NHS and its partners can achieve when it pulls all the stops out. It’s been very heartening to see so many people and different organisations pulling together to create an entire hospital in the space of a fortnight to care for our population. It’s an incredible feat.”
Alan Kondys, Framework Lead at IHP said: “The seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on the NHS, their clinicians and key staff. IHP had no hesitation in responding to the call to deliver the Manchester NHS Nightingale Hospital and we are working collaboratively in ProCure22 to support this initiative nationwide.”
Our Healthcare Sector Lead Stuart McArthur added: “We have built up strong professional and personal relationships with many of our NHS clients over the years and are doing all we can to support them, their clinical teams and other keyworkers during the current crisis.
“It’s been fantastic to see how our people have responded. It’s taken a huge amount of collaboration and a real can-do attitude to get this hospital up and running in a matter of weeks and everyone involved should be hugely proud. Their tremendous work is going to help save lives and it doesn’t get more important than that.”