Coventry-based Cash and Traffic Management (CTM) deployed its CSAS accredited employees to control traffic at the launch of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol, which was opened via video link by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, in April 2020. Providing up to 300 intensive care beds, it was the seventh Nightingale Hospital to be set up around the country for coronavirus patients – providing vital extra capacity for local hospitals should they be needed.
CTM’s Kath Sprosson, Head of CSAS Operations and Development, said: “CTM is proud to be supporting NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol by delivering ongoing parking and access control operations through our CSAS Police Accredited Traffic Officers and the operational management team."
“Our team has supported the NHS and ambulance teams in devising, developing and operating the traffic plan to take into account changing priorities during the build, and the operational phase of the hospital”
~ Kath Sprosson, Head of CSAS Operations and Development
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a great deal pressure on policing and the wider public services. I am pleased that the CSAS scheme can be used to enable trained and accredited people to assist in a programme of work as important as the brilliant Nightingale Hospital – a project our communities can be immensely proud of.”
Work began at the beginning of April to convert the exhibition and conference centre on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus in Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, into a 300-bed hospital. Accommodation that is not currently being used by students is also being made available for hospital staff on Frenchay campus to provide doctors, nurses and other key workers with easy access to the new facility.
CSAS powers in use at the Nightingale Hospital Bristol include the power to control traffic for purposes, other than escorting a load of exceptional dimensions, and the power to require the name and address of a driver or pedestrian who fails to follow appropriate directions.