The facility is opening at Harrogate Convention Centre today, with a virtual ceremony taking place with Captain Tom Moore, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.
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According to the NHS, the construction of the Nightingale hospital required:
- 13 miles of copper
- 15,000 m² of vinyl
- 18,000 m² of hygienic walls
- 1,000 pieces of IT equipment with 100 miles of cable
- More than seven million litres of oxygen
- More than 600 people working together from a number of organisations including the NHS, BAM Construction and the Armed Forces
- More than 30,000 hours of labour
“Our doctors, nurses, therapists and other health and social care staff across Yorkshire and the Humber are working incredibly hard to make sure people get the care they need during what is the single greatest challenge in the history of the NHS, but they can’t do it alone.
“The most important thing remains for the public to continue to follow expert advice and stay at home - reducing the number of people who get the virus, and therefore the need for NHS treatment.”