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Team to lead new Nightingale Hospital in Bristol 'share over 180 years of experience'

Picture credits: North Bristol NHS Trust

The leadership team for the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol has been announced.

The team of senior clinicians, specialists and managers that will be in charge, collectively share more than 180 years' experience working in the NHS.

The specialist hospital is based at the University of West of England, Frenchay campus and will care for up to 1,000 people affected by coronavirus.

It is also expecting its first intake of patients before the end of April.

The beds at the Nightingale Hospital are in addition to extra capacity created across the Severn network of NHS hospitals over the course of the past few weeks.

(Inside the Nightingale Hospital. Picture credits: North Bristol NHS Trust)

The North Bristol NHS Trust is to oversee the new Nightingale Hospital alongside its existing hospitals.

The Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrea Young, will be the Accountable Officer for the hospital’s services, and Marie-Noelle Orzel, has been seconded to lead the management team, which is being assembled from a number of NHS bodies in the south west.

Appointing the North Bristol NHS Trust to oversee the new Nightingale Hospital, Elizabeth O’Mahoney, NHS Regional Director for the South West, said: 

“This is the single biggest challenge facing our country for generations.

"We can learn from what is happening across the country and we want the NHS in the South West to be as well prepared as possible. 

“The Nightingale Bristol will support our hospitals to care for critically ill patients as and when needed.

"We would prefer never to even admit a patient, but it will be in place if needed.

"We would ask that everyone in the south west follows the national recommendations to stay at home, observe social distancing, protect your local NHS and each of you will help save lives.” 

Andrea Young, Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, said: 

“We are deeply grateful to NHS staff and partners across the region for the support they are providing at this very challenging time.

"The Nightingale Bristol will enhance and support our critical care capacity across the South West and is a real collaborative partnership between all NHS providers, commissioners and partner agencies and organisations. 

“On behalf of the NHS I want to thank the public for their extraordinary support in maintaining self- isolation if symptomatic or vulnerable and through social distancing.

"Those actions are definitely helping us manage this pandemic and we need everyone to sustain them."

The full leadership team is: 

  • Marie-Noelle Orzel, Hospital Chief Officer 
  • Paula Clarke, Deputy Chief Officer/COO (Director of Strategy and Transformation at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Mr Tim Whittlestone, Medical Director (Deputy Medical Director at North Bristol NHS Trust) 
  • Hayley Peters, Nursing Director (Chief Nurse at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Brian Johnson, Director of Estates and Facilities (Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust) 
  • Catherine Phillips, Finance Director (Director of Finance at North Bristol NHS Trust) 
  • Neil Darvill, IM& T Director (Chief Information Officer at North Bristol NHS Trust) 
  • Jane Harris, Communications Director (Head of Communications and Engagement at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group) 
  • Steve Aumayer, HR Director (EKIM Consulting Limited, former UHB FT) 
  • Xavier Bell, Director of Governance (Director of Corporate Governance and Trust Secretary at North Bristol NHS Trust) 
  • Adrian Coombs, Programme Director (Major Events Boss Limited).

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