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Matt Hancock confirmed that NHS Nightingale would be built with the help of military assistance at London’s ExCel Centre and be comprised of two wards, with the capacity for 2,000 beds in each.
The hospital will initially open with 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen, and will be staffed predominantly by NHS doctors and nurses, as well as military medics.
It is understood the military were drafted in to help following a Military aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) request due to the fact that they would be able to plan the logistics of setting up a huge facility in the space of a few days.
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