Birmingham Nightingale Hospital is on ‘high alert’ after surge in Covid-19 cases across the city.
Dr David Rosser, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham, said the facility, based at the NEC site, is being prepared so it could be used within 48 to 72 hours, if needed.
“We hope we are over preparing, but are nervous we are not,” Dr Rosser as said.
“The levels of anxiety among our staff is beyond anything I have experienced in over 30 years. I have never known a clinical team so anxious in my 30 years about what is ahead.”
Dr Rosser said heath bosses were “sufficiently concerned to put it on the higher alert state”.
“Just today three new cases have come in,” he said.
Staff would also have to be found from hospitals that were already “overstretched”, he said.
Parts of the Midlands have been put back into lockdown after health officials described the steep rise in coronavirus cases as “off the scale”.
Currently 113 people are on the hospital’s wards with coronavirus and ‘many more’ are expected.
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