© Joel Goodman - 07973 332324 - all rights reserved. For NHS Internal Comms use only - not for onward publication. 12/04/2020. Manchester, UK. The first wards are populated with beds . The National Health Service has built a 648 bed field hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 patients , at the historical railway station terminus which now forms the main hall of the Manchester Central Convention Centre . The facility is due to open this week (commencing Easter Monday , 13th April 2020 ) and will treat patients from across the North West of England , providing them with general medical care and oxygen therapy after discharge from Intensive Care Units . Photo credit : Joel Goodman

The Government is to find a further £3 billion into the NHS to relieve the inevitable winter pressures and help it prepare for a possible second coronavirus peak.

The funding will allow the continued use of additional private facilities, prop up routine care, as well as keep the network of Nightingale hospitals on stream until the end of March.

in a press conference this morning Boris Johnson is also expected to confirm plans to increase testing capacity to half a million a day by the end of October, with a new advertising campaign to increase awareness about who can be tested and where.

The number of people able to get a free flu vaccine will be expanded, amid fears people with other respiratory illnesses will cause chaos for the test and trace program.

There is speculation that the Prime Minister will also formally scrap the guidance to work from home and avoid public transport where possible.

However Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance yesterday told the science committee yesterday he saw no reason to change the current rule.





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