Road closures will be in place across Manchester city centre to ensure emergency vehicle access to the new temporary NHS hospital at Manchester Central Convention Centre.
The temporary hospital is being put in place for patients across the North West, including Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and South Cumbria as well as Greater Manchester.
The facility, which will be known as NHS Nightingale North West Hospital, was set up with the help of experts from the military, social care, local government, and charities at Manchester Central. Their combined efforts have created a new hospital, clinical model and recruitment programme in order to ease the burden on local hospitals in just ten days.
The following roads will be closed to general traffic at all times until further notice:
- Lower Mosley Street from Albion to Windmill Street: access into the city centre is closed. The lane for traffic out of the city centre is open.
- Windmill Street from Lower Mosley to Southmill: both lanes
- Windmill Street from Southmill to Mount Street: this one-way section is closed.
Access will be given to users of the private car park on Mount Street, and for deliveries to the Midland Hotel.
Within the next week, NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will be equipped and staffed to receive up to 750 patients from across the North West of England. A recruitment campaign launched on Saturday, and has already attracted hundreds of expressions of interest from across the North West.
NHS Nightingale Hospital North West 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. The hospital will link closely to community health and social care services, and patients will be transferred there from the network of hospitals across the North West.
Manchester City Council have apologised in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the ongoing support for our NHS staff as we tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
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