Charters Restaurant was closed on Tuesday, January 4 and is being transformed into a new overspill ward for recovering Covid patients

First pictures as Royal Preston Hospital's Nightingale 'Surge Hub' construction gets under way

These are the first pictures of two new Covid wards being constructed at Royal Preston Hospital today (Friday, January 7).

By Matthew Calderbank
Friday, 7th January 2022, 12:25 pm

This morning, the Post was invited to Royal Preston Hospital for a first-look at two new wards built to house up to 150 recovering Covid patients.

The largest new ward, the steel-framed Nightingale Surge Hub, is being erected on the visitor car park near the front entrance and will have beds for upto 100 patients.

The scenes show dozens of workmen and forklifts handling huge girders as they begin piecing it together, with work to be completed in around three weeks.

Pictures show work crews gutting Charters Restaurant to transform it into a brand new Covid ward with 50 beds.

Take a look at the work under way...

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