Could Dorset get a Nightingale Hospital?

Could Dorset get a Nightingale Hospital?

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:38am 10th April 2020.

There is a possibility that Dorset is being considered for a Nightingale Hospital, according to West Dorset MP Chris Loder.

Mr Loder told Wessex FM he believes Bournemouth is being looked at as a possible location for an additional makeshift hospital.

He said:

"As it stands at the moment, I think consideration is being given to a further Nightingale hospital in Bournemouth.

"But we'll need to see how those plans evolve over the next couple of days."

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Chris Loder says the county is preparing for its peak in coronavirus cases in 2 to 3 weeks time.

"The rest of the country is 2-3 weeks behind London in terms of how the virus is spreading.

"Also if you look at the statistics you'll see that the South West is one of the slower, well I think it's actually the slowest of all the regions behind London to have it's peak to accelerate."

So far the government has opened one COVID-19 hospital at the Excel Conference Centre in East London, which has a capacity for 

The government has already approved nine sites, including one in Birmingham.


Other sites already announced include: 

Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, and Bristol. 


However an NHS spokesperson told Wessex FM at this time there are no plans for a Nightingale Hospital in Bournemouth.

They gave us this statement: 

"Several locations have been considered as potential NHS Nightingale hospitals across the country, as demand is assessed on an ongoing basis."
"Thanks to a huge effort from NHS staff, hospitals have freed up the equivalent of 50 district general hospitals over the last few weeks to help meet what is the most significant public health challenge in a century, meaning capacity exists both for those with coronavirus, and for others who need urgent and emergency treatment."