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Nightingale hospital decision making and costs (FOI)

Nightingale hospital decision making and costs (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 16 July 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



When was it determined that an additional hospital was needed in relation to Covid-19?


Who made the decision to build the new Nightingale hospital?


Were Doctors / Consultants involved in the decision, and did they support it?


What was the General Hospital's occupancy rate at the time of the decision, and what was Jersey's overall hospital occupancy rate including other suitable sites, such as Overdale?


How many patients have so far needed / used the Nightingale hospital?


How much money in total has the hospital cost to build?


How will the Nightingale hospital be paid for?


A and B

This information has already been provided as part of a previous Freedom of Information response and is therefore exempt under Article 23 (Information accessible by other means) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011. You can view the previous response at the link below:

Nightingale hospital decision process (FOI)




The occupancy rate across both the General Hospital and Overdale Hospital on 8 April 2020, which is when the decision was made, was 29%. However this was after actions had been taken to prepare for the COVID pandemic by way of cancelling all non-urgent admissions. The decision for building the Nightingale wing was not based on current occupancy rates but on potential requirements should the pandemic escalate.

Below is some additional information you may find useful for comparison purposes:

  • occupancy on 8 April 2019 was 66%

  • occupancy throughout March 2020 varied but was 29% at its lowest (on 31 March) and 74% at its highest (on 9 March)




Invoices are still being finalised in accordance with the contract. The figures to the end of June 2020 including both the building and medical equipment costs are as follows:

​Build infrastructure and medical equipment

​Expenditure at end June 2020

​ Notes

​Building Hire and Erection ​£486,099​Procured separately from main build contract
​Main Contract works​£5,655,465​Includes preparation of site, fitting out of Nightingale Ward, Mechanical and Electrical works, construction costs
​Oxygen Generator​£815,031​Procured separately from main build contract
​Ancillary works​£40,371​GHE (Growth Housing and Environment department) staff time and materials, dropped kerbs, signage.
​Health and Community Services (HCS) procured equipment £1,317,751​​Beds, medical equipment and initial supplies to set up the Nightingale Ward
​Initial HCS supplies£102,337​Medical and patient consumables, surgical supplies and HCS operational costs ​

​Total to end June 2020




The Treasury and Resources Minister approved Ministerial decision MD-TR-2020-0042 allocating up to £14.4m funding from the General Reserve to fund the initial build, equipping and period of intended operation. This decision can be found via the link below:

Allocation of Reserve Funding to Growth, Housing and Environment in 2020 for establishment of a field hospital 

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