Published: 6 May 2020 at 10:00
Zoe Asensio-Sanchez was seconded to look after facilities in new field hospital
Anglia Ruskin University’s Director of Estates and Facilities has revealed what it was like to work in the UK’s first temporary field hospital to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Zoe Asensio-Sanchez, who has previously worked in NHS roles in Essex, was approached by former colleagues to ensure facilities such as catering, cleaning, commissioning, decontamination and servicing of medical equipment ran smoothly within the new Nightingale Hospital, which opened at the ExCel centre in East London on 3 April.
The Nightingale was designed to have capacity for 3,600 intensive care patients, although fortunately only a small percentage of that capacity has been used so far. The hospital was built in just nine days.
As well as intensive care beds, the hospital also had space for a recovery area, diagnostics, ambulance control area, and a mortuary.
The Nightingale is expected to close next week, as the UK is thought to be past the peak of the virus, but will remain on standby in case a second wave emerges.