On Friday 17th April, the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West officially opened at the Manchester Central Convention Centre. We’re extremely pleased to say that members of the Vivid Care team were among the hundreds of volunteers who worked around the clock to get the hospital built and set up in just two weeks.
The idea of a field hospital isn’t something most people are familiar with. So, we thought we’d share a bit about our experience working on NHS Nightingale Hospital North West. There’s also a photo gallery included at the end — the transformation is pretty impressive!
Since the COVID-19 crisis began in the UK, we’ve been making changes wherever we can to support health and social care services.
At the beginning of April, we invested in a second warehouse facility and increased our stock levels for essential equipment like beds, mattresses, commodes, and specialist seating. Anything that NHS Trusts, nursing homes or OTs were struggling to get we did our best to source.
On Wednesday 8th April, we received an enquiry from the NHS Trust in charge of the Manchester field hospital. On the morning of Friday 10th April (Good Friday) we were dropping off the first load of care beds!
After delivering the equipment, five members of the Vivid Care team, including Tristan, our Managing Director, volunteered on-site over the rest of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
In total, we supplied 90 beds, 50 shower chairs and 33 commodes.
Everything was delivered as quickly as possible to suit the needs of hospital staff and volunteers. The first load arrived in less than 48 hours! Here’s a timeline:
This gives you a little bit of insight into the incredible work NHS procurement and logistics teams are doing to coordinate all of their deliveries!
As we touched on at the beginning of this post, being involved in the set up of a field hospital is quite a unique situation.
Our Managing Director, Tristan, reflected on the experience and summed it up by saying:
“My overriding thought was how incredibly people were working together in a time of crisis.
We worked closely with groups from the army and Network Rail, mainly unloading and setting up beds. But there were people from all sorts of industries — construction workers, gas companies, other suppliers — and everyone was helping each other out. There was a great atmosphere because everyone had the same shared goal of supporting our NHS. It was very humbling and something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Getting involved first-hand has given us even more motivation to keep supporting healthcare facilities and our hard-working frontline care staff in any way we can!
Our phone lines are open 24/7 to respond to any equipment requests from NHS and social care trusts. Please feel free to give us a call on 01423 799960 any time.
Here are some of the photos taken by our team. They show just how much was going on over the weekend we spent assisting at Manchester’s new Nightingale Hospital!