A number of sites are currently being considered for use as a Nightingale hospital in Cornwall to provide extra beds to cope with Coronavirus, writes Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy reporter.

Cornwall Council confirmed on Friday, April 3 that it was currently in discussions with Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) and other NHS partners about the best location for a temporary hospital in Cornwall.

Council chief executive Kate Kennally told a press briefing that she expected confirmation of the chosen location to be announced soon.

She said: “The regional teams of NHS England have been asked if there is a need for Nightingale beds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“A number of sites are being considered at the moment and a decision will be made on that today.

“We are working with RCHT to consider the capacity that is required and the most suitable location. The capacity will need to work for the whole of Cornwall.”

Ms Kennally said the discussions had been looking at what would be best for the deployment of resources as well as the need to provide support for all areas of Cornwall.

The announcement comes after it was revealed that Exeter Westpoint Arena was being prepared to be used as a Nightingale hospital for the South West.

A temporary hospital is also being planned to be operated in the Bristol area.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in London was opened on Friday morning in London by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prince Charles, who addressed the ceremony from his home in Scotland.