London Nightingale Hospital to be put 'on standby'

The vast NHS Nightingale hospital in east London is being placed “on standby” as demand for intensive care beds in the capital falls. CEO Charles Knight announced on Monday that no new patients would be admitted to the Docklands facility – created in nine days amid fears that existing NHS services could be overwhelmed – and that its 12 patients would be transferred to other hospitals by 15 May. Only 54 patients have been treated at the hospital since it was opened on 3 April. Other Nightingale hospitals are also relatively empty, and expected to be mothballed shortly.