NHS Nightingale Hospital North West

NHS Nightingale Hospital North West
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester Central Arena.jpg
(c) Stephen Richards, CC BY-SA 2.0
Manchester Central Convention Complex before its conversion into NHS Nightingale North West
LocationManchester Central
Coordinates53°28′34″N 2°14′51″W / 53.476132°N 2.247369°W / 53.476132; -2.247369Coordinates:53°28′34″N 2°14′51″W / 53.476132°N 2.247369°W / 53.476132; -2.247369
Care systemNHS England
TypeCOVID-19 critical care
Bedsup to 1,000
Opened13 April 2020

The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West is the third of the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospitals set up by NHS England in 2020 to help to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.


The hospital was constructed inside the Manchester Central Convention Complex[1] and opened on 13 April 2020.[2]


As of 4 May, a small number of patients had been treated at the hospital. Despite patient numbers remaining far below capacity, the hospital was not placed on standby like other Nightingale temporary hospitals in England, instead serving as a step-down facility for rehabilitation rather than an intensive care unit for patients requiring mechanical ventilation.[3]

Two patients are known to have died at the hospital as of 26 May.[4]

By late June, the hospital had been placed on standby and was reported to have treated just over 100 patients in total.[5]

On 28 October 2020 amidst a rise in cases in Northern England, the hospital was reopened with 750 beds for patients from the region's hospitals without Coronavirus to free-up beds in those hospitals.[6]


  1. ^ "A huge new hospital in Manchester city centre is ready to take its first patients - and all this took just two weeks". Manchester Evening News. 13 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. ^ @MichaelMcCourt1 (13 April 2020). "1st tweet as CEO NHS Nightingale North West. Proud & thankful to be able to say we take our first patients today. In 14 days huge NHS, Army & NHS partner effort this hospital is open. A lot of attention on us but don't want to forget we are here to support an already busy NW NHS" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Why the Nightingale North West isn't being put on standby like London". Manchester Evening News. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "First Covid-19 deaths reported at Nightingale North West Hospital". Manchester Evening News. 19 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ Dunhill, Lawrence (29 June 2020). "Exclusive: Mass expansion of rehab beds for covid planned". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  6. ^ Gibson, Daniel (28 October 2020). "NHS Nightingale North West to reopen". The National Health Executive. Retrieved 9 November 2020.

Media files used on this page

SARS-CoV-2 (Wikimedia colors).svg
Author/Creator: Geraki, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
SARS-CoV-2 logo in Wikimedia colors
SARS-CoV-2 without background.png
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Manchester Central Arena.jpg
(c) Stephen Richards, CC BY-SA 2.0
It has a massive segmentally-vaulted shed of wrought iron and glass (a span of 210 feet, only 30 feet less than St Pancras). Grade II* listed. The station closed in 1967, and was converted in 1986 by Essex, Goodman & Suggitt.