A construction worker has given a frightening glimpse into the makeshift “field hospital” in London and warned anyone who has not taken the corona virus seriously before.
The new hospital, called NHS Nightingale, will open at the ExCeL center next week to provide additional intensive care capacity in the capital where the NHS is at its busiest.
The center will provide 4,000 beds in the “field hospital” to help overcome the climax of the coronavirus epidemic.
Work on preparing the center is ongoing, but a man in the building says the size of the new hospital indicates that it is “preparing for a high death toll”.
The video was posted on Twitter walking through the empty building.
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He said, “Right here to build the new temporary hospital. Cables are currently being made for it.
“But I didn’t take this virus very seriously until I saw it this morning.
“I come in and that’s the size of the hall. Everything goes here.
“We have 4,000 beds. Two morgues. This hall is one kilometer long. And on the other side there is also a hall.
“I’m not sure what’s going on there. I just wanted to keep you all up to date.
“If you don’t take it as seriously as I wasn’t, we really have to start, because you are preparing for an absolutely high number of fatalities here.
“Excel, London, welcome to NHS Nightingale.”
Health Minister Matt Hancock announced on Tuesday plans to build the new hospital, which will be larger than any facility that already exists in an NHS hospital.
Ministry of Defense experts are expected to support the project.
Mr. Hancock said: “We will open a new hospital next week – a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Center in London.
“The NHS Nightingale Hospital will include two wards, each with 2,000 people.
“With the help of the military and NHS clinicians, we will ensure that we have the capacity to give everyone the support they need.”
On Wednesday morning, soldiers in the loading bays of the exhibition and conference center in East London’s former Royal Victoria Docks grounds were sighted tired, although military participation is currently limited.
A number of large delivery vans and forklifts also drove to the construction site.
There were hardly any other signs of a mammoth transformation than the audience stopped at the ExCeL before the hospital started treating its first patients next week.
Maj. Gen. Timothy Cross, who led NATO emergency operations in Kosovo and Macedonia in the 1990s, said it was a “big process” to create a field hospital, but the military was used to it.
Military members are part of the Covid-19 support group that will open and operate the NHS Nightingale hospital next week. It can treat 4,000 coronavirus patients in two super stations.
Maj Gen Cross said on the BBC Today show: “What you have at the ExCeL center is a large, open space with electricity, lighting, water, sanitation, easy access, but obviously also the ability to isolate.
“You want to use something like this in operations at different locations around the world.
“It’s a big process, but there is a process to set everything up.”
The NEC in Birmingham said it was also “ready” and “well equipped” to become a temporary hospital after the site was reported to be another location that the government was considering.
There are currently three regular medical field hospitals across England where military personnel work alongside NHS personnel.
These are located at the Keogh Barracks in Aldershot, in Strensall in North Yorkshire and in the Fort Blockhouse in Gosport.