The ExCel Centre, which was the host of the 2018 UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of London, is being turned into an emergency hospital with 4,000 beds.
ExCel, which is situated in the heart of London’s Docklands will be used to treat COVID-19 patients.
The vast exhibition hall which staged the London Boat Show until 2018, has been named NHS Nightingale, after the the founder of modern nursing, Florence, is due to take 500 patients when it opens next week, rising to two wards of 2,000 each by the first week of April.
British Government Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this evening:
We will, next week, open a new hospital, a temporary hospital, the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people.
With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.