Time-lapse video: Nightingale surge hub build at Lister Hospital

Construction of the Nightingale surge hub at Lister Hospital in Stevenage

The Nightingale surge hub is being erected outside the main entrance to Stevenage's Lister Hospital - Credit: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

A time-lapse video released today shows the progress being made in constructing a Nightingale surge hub at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, as part of national preparations for a potential surge in patients with COVID-19 due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Lister is one of eight hospitals across the country erecting temporary structures in their grounds, capable of housing around 100 patients and aimed at improving NHS resilience if increasing COVID-19 infections lead to a surge in admissions and outstrip existing capacity.

The Nightingale surge hub at Lister is in the Plaza area, directly outside the hospital's main entrance.

Nightingale surge hub at Lister Hospital in Stevenage

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of January - Credit: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

If hospitals need to activate the new beds, equipment previously used for the original Nightingale hospitals will be rapidly distributed to them.

The units would be led by hospital consultants and nurses, but with other clinical and non-clinical staff brought in with rapid training to be able to perform routine checks and other tasks.

The new Nightingale facilities are intended for patients who, although not fit for discharge, need minimal support and monitoring while they recover from illness, freeing up regular ward beds to provide care for those with more intensive needs.

Nightingale surge hub at Lister Hospital in Stevenage

Inside Lister's Nightingale surge hub, as construction continues - Credit: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Patients may include those recovering from COVID-19 who are no longer infectious and do not need intensive oxygen therapy.