The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter wins award for Collaboration Project of the Year 2021 from ICE South West

27 Oct 2021

Last year, thousands of people played a crucial role in building the Nightingale Hospital Exeter, which was set up to provide extra capacity to support existing NHS services across the region.

In just 57 days, 2,500 people worked together to transform a former retail unit into a state-of-the-art hospital facility for patients with COVID-19, including NHS organisations across Devon, BAM Construction, and hundreds of workers and volunteers from across the South West.

This achievement has been recognised at the ICE South West Awards, where the Nightingale project team won the “Collaboration of the Year” category. The awards are designed to showcase the achievements of civil engineers across the region.

Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive of the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said: “The Nightingale project brought together different organisations and agencies who built a hospital in less than 2 months.

“As well as caring for nearly 250 patients with COVID-19 from across three counties in the height of the pandemic, the site has been used to provide over 6,000 important diagnostic scans to local people, supported the delivery of two COVID-19 vaccine studies and hosted overseas nurse training for three local NHS Trusts.

Workers and volunteers from across hundreds of trades created an exceptional facility that was much needed to manage COVID-19 demand, and we are delighted that this work has been recognised and celebrated. On behalf of the NHS in Devon, I would like to thank all those who helped to plan and build the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter.”

Further construction work is now underway at the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter, which will provide a range of services to help tackle waiting lists across Devon and the wider South West region from later on this year.

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