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Construction Cleaning Project: The Nightingale Hospital, Exeter

July 9, 2020 5:12 pm Published by

Simply Cleaning are proud to have been contracted for our latest completed project, the NHS Nightingale Hospital, Exeter.

The hospital, one of seven in the UK, has been built by BAM construction group to help manage the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

The hospital was built to provide care for patients suffering from COVID-19 (Coronavirus), mostly for patients from Devon and Cornwall, however, patients from neighbouring counties will be considered if the need arises.

Built at a former Homebase store in Moore Lane in Exeter, the original plan though was for the NHS facility to be established in the Westpoint exhibition centre.



However, the lower than expected transmission rates of COVID-19 in the south-west combined with new modelling of care suggest that smaller sites would be better utilised compared to larger arenas

As well as treating the sickest patients, the hospital can also be used to treat those with less severe symptoms associated with COVID-19, and for those who are recovering after a period in hospital.

The hospital has a total of 116 beds and will to provide extra capacity so the existing five hospitals in the region can continue to operate essential clinical services.

450 NHS clinical staff from across the region would work at the hospital until they are required they will remain on standby – at their existing hospitals.

The other Nightingale hospitals are in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Sunderland and Manchester. In total, they will provide 3,600 additional beds with ventilators.

Construction work, managed by BAM, began at the unit on 6th May and is now complete.



As the system has not been overwhelmed as first presumed, changes to how the facility will operate and the care it will provide have subsequently changed, for the meantime. 

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced Exeter’s Nightingale Hospital is the first to be converted into a cancer testing centre.

It comes amid fears of a cancer time bomb, as leading cancer charities estimate 2.5 million cancer patients have missed vital testing and treatment during the coronavirus lockdown. 

It has been estimated that 18,000 UK citizen could die from avoidable deaths over the coming year, due to the lockdown, as worried patients have been turned away from seeking cancer screening from their healthcare provider. 

To cope with the huge backlog of potential cancer patients, the hospital will, for now, be used as a coronavirus-free cancer clinic.

CT scanners will help to provide people with safer and faster access to test for a range of conditions. The facility will be open seven days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Simply Cleaning’s construction cleaning specialist spent numerous days ensuring that the entire facility had a professional after builders clean to high standards required for such a facility. This has been a project that we are proud to have been involved in, hopefully this facility will go along way to support the NHS and provide care for the patients who desperately need it at this time. 

For further information on our construction site cleaning services or our coronavirus prevention cleaning services, please contact our professional cleaning team today!

Email our cleaning services on: info@simply-cleaning-uk.com


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