Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 17 April 2020

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11. NHS steps up coronavirus capacity with new Nightingale Hospital

A new NHS Nightingale Hospital will be opened in Westpoint Exeter to provide 200 extra beds for patients with coronavirus symptoms if needed.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter brings the total to seven confirmed NHS Nightingale Hospitals in a matter of weeks.

The five hospitals in Devon and Cornwall will provide the majority of care for critically ill patients with coronavirus, and have plans in place to increase their critical care capacity up to 500 beds across both counties.

The NHS says that the new hospital is expected to be ready for the first patients, if needed, by early May. It will provide a regional resource for Devon, Cornwall and neighbouring counties to meet the care needs for patients who are seriously unwell due to their coronavirus symptoms.