Nightingale units should be used to care for Covid survivors, say senior doctors

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The new facilities, under-used throughout the crisis, could help to ease pressure on hospitals around the country, say medics

The role of the Nightingale field hospitals – which have remained largely empty even at peak periods of the pandemic – should be re-examined so they can be used more for patients recovering from Covid-19, according to senior doctors.

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The creation of the Nightingales in record time last spring was hailed as a rare success story in the early months of the virus. But a lack of staff and the difficulties of switching intensive care treatment to new settings has meant they have been under-used, even at the height of the crisis when the NHS has been at breaking point.

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