Birmingham's ‘Nightingale’ can be opened in 72 hours if needed, it has been claimed. However, Ian Sharp, clinical lead for elective care at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), says that even with hospitals in the region full … "… taking staff out of those organisations to open what is effectively a field hospital fills many of us with dread …and is therefore being treated as a ‘last resort’.”Meanwhile, as the Nightingale at Birmingham's NEC and the one in Sunderland stand empty but on standby _•Manchester's is open for "non-Covid care" •Harrogate’s is being used as a "specialist diagnostics centre" •Bristol's is being deployed for "local NHS services"•Exeter’s has treated Covid patients since mid-November•the facility at London's Excel centre has been stripped of its beds and ventilators, barriers protecting the facility have been removed, partition boards which separated beds are stacked outside, signs directing ambulances lie on the floor, oxygen storage tanks have been removed off-site, and one security guard patrols the exterior.So the £220m Nightingale hospitals lie empty, with medics warning that, even if they are needed, they do not have the staff to open them.Yet .. the NHS has told trusts to start preparing to use these overflow facilities “in the coming weeks.”Reassuring, that !
From TUESDAY 5th JANUARY 2021, EVERYONE will be required to stay at home, except for a few very specific purposes:•Essential shopping •For work, if you absolutely cannot work from home •Exercise •To seek medical assistance (including to get a Covid-19 test) •To escape domestic abuse All primary and secondary schools and colleges must move to remote learning from 5th JAN, except for vulnerable children and children of key workers, until at least February half term.The government has allowed early years provision to remain open. You should check with your provider for further details.Shielding will resume for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Those affected will be written to in the coming days by the government as to what this means to them.Further information about the new national lockdown will be published by the Government and can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-homeand will be updated as more details become available._______________________________________________________________
20/21 January 2021EmergencyserviceshavebeenprotectingafactoryinvolvedinmakingaCovid-19vaccinefrombeing delugedasStormChristophsawthousandsofpeopleincludingentirevillagesevacuatedamidwidespread flooding. TeamswereworkingthroughthenighttoprotectthesiteatWrexhamIndustrialEstateinNorthWales, which is involved in making the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine - which is also stored there. GulliesweredugandretainingbanksconstructedtoprotectthecrucialsiteatWrexhamIndustrialEstatein North Wales, which employs 400 people.Wrexham council leader Mark Pritchard told BBC Radio Wales: 'WehadanincidentatWrexhamIndustrialEstate,theOxfordvaccinationisproducedthereandthewarehousewhereitis stored. Obviously I can't tell you where it is.” ……… It’s at the Industrial Estate, Mark !Thefill-and-finishstageofthevaccine'sproductionisundertakenatthefacility,whichwasvisitedbyPrimeMinisterBoris JohnsoninNovember. ThecompanysaidithashadapresenceinWrexhamforovertwodecades.……….Sorry,Mark;all 400 workers know where the plant is .. they work there .. even the Prime Minister’s pilot knows where it is, he flew there !AccordingtoaspokesmanforWockhardtUK-'Lastnightatapproximately4pm,WockhardtUKexperiencedmildflooding, resultinginexcesswatersurroundingpartofthebuildingsacrosssite,'shesaid.'Allnecessaryprecautionsweretaken,meaningno disruptiontomanufacturingorinletofwaterintobuildings.Thesiteisnowsecureandfreefromanyfurtherflooddamageand operating as normal.' ……… She probably knows where it is, too; Mark !_____________________________________________________