In addition, 5,500 medical students from the last semester and over 18,000 nurses are to be brought to the front in their training. The military is now doing the logistical work and helping to convert the exhibition center into a field hospital.
“With the help of the military and NHS medical professionals, we will ensure that we have the capacity to give everyone the support they need.”
A lot of support from volunteers
The health minister also announced a new NHS program, NHS Volunteer Responders. Around 250,000 people have already signed up to help the frontline staff.
NHS Volunteer Responders is a new group that will perform simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who are at risk because of their health and have been asked to protect themselves against coronaviruses by staying at home.
The group’s volunteers do shopping, transport people to and from the hospital, and deliver food and medicine. In addition, volunteers can also sign up for telephone service to keep in touch with people who are at home alone and who may be isolated.
However, all events in the ExCel have been canceled or postponed. It is not yet clear when ExCel London will return to its original function.