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Nightingale Wing

The Nightingale Wing is an acute respiratory field hospital for COVID-19 positive patients. It provides acute, enhanced and ongoing levels of medical care.

On Monday 11 May, His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex officially opened the Nightingale Wing via video link. No patients will be treated at the new facility until it is required.

Patients will be assessed at the General Hospital before being transferred.

The Nightingale Wing will be used for patients who require oxygen, but do not require intensive care. The facility will have an oxygen generation plant.

Nightingale Wing details

The temporary facility is 130 metres x 40 metres and consists of six wards with a total of 180 beds.

Millbrook was selected as the site because:

  • it is within 2km of Jersey General Hospital (6 minutes away)
  • a Nightingale configuration of beds could be used, making the layout more efficient and decreasing the demand for more clinical staff
  • access to electricity
  • access to drainage
  • accessibility for staff and patients
  • it can be extended if additional beds are required

Nightingale Wing site map

Safety measures

All exhausted air from the Nightingale Wing will go through hospital-grade F9 filtration before being discharged at a low velocity, into the atmosphere. This degree of filtration is the same as those used in other Nightingale hospitals in the UK.

The wing will be decontaminated regularly. All discharge points will be located away from residential properties.

Site selection, design and construction

Millbrook was chosen from 16 possible sites which were all assessed against the following criteria:

  • site of usable area relative to the required footprint
  • configuration and open plan layout of usable area
  • time to prepare shell ready for fit out
  • location in Island
  • site access
  • topography
  • height of space suitable for dispersal of oxygen
  • area and hardstanding geo-technical properties
  • ownership
  • availability
  • current and proposed usage
  • infrastructure and utilities
  • acceptable level of waste generated
  • safety of public
  • parking provision
  • construction logistics
  • cost and timeframe
  • overall site opportunities and risk assessment
  • suitable space for ancillary areas
  • Legionella risks
  • infection control requirements
  • ancillary facilities already in place / easily provided
  • Asbestos control achievable
  • fire safety achievable 
  • ground contamination risks
  • future expansion capability
  • IT data connection

Sites shortlisted and rejected included:

  • Fort Regent
  • a number of hotels
  • People’s Park
  • Lower Victoria Park
  • Les Jardin Car Park
  • FB Playing Fields

Design and construction

The design team were UK-based but use local partners where applicable:

  • NBBJ Architects
  • Watermans Structural Engineers
  • Hulley & Kirkwood who were already part of the J3 team and are specialist healthcare designers

The construction of the Nightingale Wing was managed by J3, a Jersey-registered joint venture involving:

  • Garenne – a local construction group and parent of Camerons, Geomarine, AFM, Granite Le Pelley and Rabeys Commercial Vehicles
  • Sir Robert McAlpine – working on the Manchester surge centre
  • FES – and MEP contractor completing the works at Glasgow

J3's site team were all local and took advice from UK-based colleagues who had worked on other Nightingale hospitals.

All contractors and work personnel were local, except for Neptunus (the modular building), and medi gas installation (a specialist UK contractor which works at the Jersey General Hospital).

Nightingale Wing build timeline

The decision to proceed with the new Nightingale Wing was a political one, made by the Competent Authority Ministers at a meeting on Wednesday, 8 April 2020.

​April 8 2020
Proposition put forward to build an acute respiratory field hospital with 180 beds
  • ​Possible site locations (16) were put forward for discussion
  • Millbrook and Fort Regent were closely assessed using a SWOT analysis
  • Millbrook was decided as the most suitable site based on available space, topography and accessibility

​April 9
​Decision made to progress with developing a purpose-built modular solution at Millbrook
  • ​Site preparation for construction began
​April 10
​The build began
​April 20
Clinical staff formally approve bed module​

​May 1 - 3
​Training and equipment​
  • ​Nurses begin training on site
  • Medical equipment arrives and is installed
​May 4
​Construction milestone was successfully completed
  • ​Health and Community Services transition week commences with installation of further medical equipment and staff training commences
​May 11
​Opening ceremony

​May 12
​Blessing of the building
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