The Nightingale surge hub at Royal Preston Hospital has obtained its first sufferers.
The momentary construction is one in every of eight which had been commissioned in December in preparation for a possible wave of Omicron admissions to hospitals.
The ability, in Lancashire, is taking care of at the least seven people who find themselves described as “low acuity” sufferers.
They don’t seem to be COVID-positive or significantly ailing, however they want additional remedy earlier than they are often launched into the group.
A spokesperson for the NHS within the North West mentioned: “As a part of a raft of motion being taken, we now have agreed a request from native leaders to quickly use the Nightingale surge hub at Royal Preston for a restricted variety of low acuity sufferers.
“Workers will probably be drawn from throughout the native well being service to make sure that sufferers transferred to the hub obtain applicable care, and that the influence on different providers is minimal.
“We’re supporting the well being system in Lancashire and South Cumbria to proceed to supply the very best quality care potential for sufferers who want it, throughout a interval of sustained stress on providers and workers as a result of results of Omicron all whereas pushing to ship as many routine checks and procedures as potential, together with very important diagnostic checks.”
The hub at Royal Preston is able to caring for a most of 55 sufferers however Well being Secretary Sajid Javid has beforehand mentioned he hopes it and the opposite surge hubs “won’t have for use”.
Sky Information understands that, though there aren’t any sufferers at any of the opposite seven surge hubs, they are going to stay in place for use if there’s a spike in COVID-19 sufferers.
Royal Preston Hospital is presently caring for greater than 100 COVID sufferers.
The Lancashire Educating Hospitals Belief, which incorporates Royal Preston, had 26 free beds as of Thursday, that means that round 96.5% had been occupied.