03 Apr 20

NHS Nightingale officially opens at ExCeL London

The NHS Nightingale hospital at ExCeL London was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles earlier today.

ExCeL London - the location for the 2020 London E-Prix - has transformed its facilities into a temporary field hospital to assist with the response against the global pandemic of COVID-19. 

As part of the continued collaboration between the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and ExCeL London, the fully-electric racing series has provided its trackside barriers to be used for perimeter security around the site, as well as part of the Formula E track and fencing creating separate routes for ambulances coming in and out of NHS Nightingale.

Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London, said: “Our country is facing the largest national emergency for a generation and our thoughts are with those who are personally affected. We are enormously proud of the NHS and the remarkable and unrelenting role they are undertaking, at this time. As part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), the team at ExCeL are honoured to play our part, working with the Government to support the increasing demand for hospital beds and save lives. Everyone working at NHS Nightingale has our full support and we wish them all the very best.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health of the United Kingdom, said: “The nation is facing an unprecedented global emergency and we are taking exceptional measures to ensure the NHS has whatever it needs to tackle this virus. The NHS and the military have achieved something extraordinary in setting up NHS Nightingale, London in only a matter of days. It is testament to their hard work and dedication that an additional four hospitals will be rolled out across the nation. We must all play our part to assist our heroes on the health and social care frontline and I urge everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."