Several media reports running today about NHS Nightingale are misleading.
There is no shortage of nurses and all coronavirus patients who need treatment are being treated in existing London hospitals.
NHS Nightingale has been set up to treat patients if the NHS was overwhelmed, but thanks to the great work of selfless NHS staff, there is spare capacity in existing London hospitals.
NHS Nightingale’s staffing model was always designed to be flexible based on demand across London.
Critical care nurses working across the city have received additional training and are ready to be deployed to NHS Nightingale to treat coronavirus patients should capacity be reached in existing London hospitals.