ExCeL London launches as NHS Nightingale Hospital

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ExCeL London launches as NHS Nightingale Hospital

On the 24th of March, the government announced plans to transform ExCeL London into a temporary hospital. Initially accepting 500 patients, the Nightingale Hospital has capacity for up to 4,000 patients across two wards should it be needed, to step up and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As a result of this action, several measures are now being implemented near the ExCeL Centre, which may affect the local community. This includes closure to some pedestrian routes, DLR stations as well as cark parking suspension. More information on these measures is outlined below.

The GLA has also granted permission for the NHS Nightingale Hospital and the Army to use part of the Silvertown Quays site as a temporary parking area for their vehicles and to accommodate a helipad for emergency medical crews to access and support patients being treated.

Care for residents and members of the local community around the NHS Nightingale Hospital is of paramount importance, and as with any hospital that cares for patients with infectious diseases, the hospital and staff adhere to the strictest infection control policies. This ensures the safety of colleagues, suppliers, and residents.

Further information on the NHS Nightingale Hospital and changes to the surroundings can be found in the links below:

Information for tenants and residents on the ExCeL campus:
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Details on the planning application submitted for the Nightingale Hospital:

There will be a consultation period and a committee decision on the 23rd of April:


Notice of application for temporary Hazardous Substances Consent for oxygen silos at the eastern end of the Excel estate:
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For any further information or enquiries, please contact: royaldocks@london.gov.uk