The property arm of the NHS has already found multiple spaces across the country for additional capacity to keep up with the demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS building

NHS building

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NHS Property Services, which manages 10% of the total NHS estate portfolio, has said it is supporting the wider NHS system where it can.

A spokesperson for NHS Property Services said: “We have already identified a number of opportunities for additional capacity across the country and will continue to review our current portfolio against the developing need. We will be as flexible with our estate as possible to support the wider system in the coming weeks and months.”

Workers’ union GMB recently called on the government to requisition private hospital space to create additional capacity for hospital beds.

Meanwhile, hotel group Best Western Great Britain has confirmed it will consider turning its hotels into temporary hospitals if the medical equipment and supplies are provided.

Elsewhere, Spanish authorities have nationalised all of its private hospitals and on the Balearic Islands, multiple hotel chains have said patients affected by coronavirus in Mallorca can be housed in their facilities.