Consider yourself the next Picasso?
The region’s brand new Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central is preparing to open its doors in the coming weeks, but to add the finishing touches, they’re turning to the community to help add some joy to an otherwise glum situation.
Calling out to their followers on Twitter, the centre is looking for members of the community to share their artwork with them online. Whether it’s a painted masterpiece or a colourful work of art from your child, the artwork will be used to add a loving touch to the temporary hospital, hopefully brightening up the space for both patients and staff during the crisis.
The call-out reads: “Bring all the colours of the rainbow to the new #NHS Nightingale Hospital North West.
“Share your artwork here using #NHSNightingaleNW and it will be displayed around the hospital to brighten the days of both the staff and patients”.
The new centre will serve the entire North West region, holding up to 750 patients suffering with mid-level symptoms which do not require intensive care during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is expected to be fully staffed and equipped to treat patients within the next week.
Speaking of the quick turnaround by their dedicated team, Jackie Bird, Senior Responsible Officer for the NHS Nightingale North West Hospital said:
“The Nightingale programme, together with the rest of the coronavirus response, really shows what the NHS and its partners can achieve when it pulls all the stops out. It’s been very heartening to see so many people and different organisations pulling together to create an entire hospital in the space of a fortnight to care for our population. It’s an incredible feat.
“Hospitals in the region have done a great job of ramping up capacity to care for coronavirus patients, and the NHS Nightingale North West will give us additional beds should they be needed. But of course we actually want to be treating as few people as possible here, which is why we are continuing to ask people in the North West to stay home to save lives.”
The hospital is currently recruiting for consultants, junior doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, social workers, and a large number of non-clinical support workers and administrators.