The NHS will remove the oxygen tanks from the former Nightingale hospital in Harrogate tomorrow. It will be an historic moment for the town. The tanks have loomed over Harrogate and overshadowed the Royal Hall for a year.
The Nightingale hospital never treated coronavirus patients. Staff did use it to provide CT scans to none coronavirus patients.
The NHS confirmed last month that it will dismantle all seven of the Nightingale hospitals across the country.
A small section of Ripon Road, immediately outside the Royal Hall, will close at 4am to allow for a crane to remove the tanks. It is unclear how long it will take.
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Meanwhile, local councillors from the West Yorkshire Joint Health Scrutiny Committee are investigating whether lessons could be learned from Harrogate’s Nightingale hospital.
The committee will look into how the hospital would have been staffed and what services would have been affected if it had been needed.
Councillors agreed to start the investigation at the next meeting of the health scrutiny committee on June 22. They will call in NHS officials to give evidence.
The Harrogate Nightingale cost £27 million to set up and served the entire Yorkshire and Humber region,