Coronavirus: Ventilator machines from Holby City arrive at NHS Nightingale hospital

Specialist London hospital receives working medical equipment used in BBC drama

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 11 April 2020 14:17
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Working ventilators used in BBC drama 'Holby City' have been delivered to NHS Nightingale
Working ventilators used in BBC drama 'Holby City' have been delivered to NHS Nightingale

Fully working ventilators used on medical series Holby City have been delivered to the NHS’s specialised coronavirus hospital by the BBC.

Weeks after news broke that the corporation was hoping to send medical equipment to the building that's been set up in the wake of the pandemic, the BBC shared a tweet showing workers loading them into vans.

“Fully operational ventilators from the Holby City set arrived at the new Nightingale Hospital yesterday,” it read.

The show’s executive producer Simon Harper added: ”We are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics.”

London’s NHS Nightingale hospital – which was set up in JUST nine days – is based at the ExCel exhibition centre. It is unknown how many ventilators were donated.

The BBC is also rallying to provide education, entertainment and news updates for the general public.

Following the cancellation of filming for a number of shows with live audiences, the broadcaster said it would introduce special editions of fan favourites.

Graham Norton presented a lockdown version of his chat show on Friday night (10 April), which featured appearances from Michael Buble and Michael Sheen from their respective homes.

Sheen was particularly praised after a “chaotic” re-enactment of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? left viewers in stitches.

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