Prince William Praises Health Workers' 'Selfless Commitment' as He Opens Latest Field Hospital in the U.K.

Before the event, William chatted with some of the people who had helped create the hospital.

“The NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham is a wonderful example of Britain pulling together . . . and, having spoken to some of the people who helped build it, hospitals are about the people and not the bricks. NHS staff, armed forces, local government, and the private sector have collectively stepped up.”

“You all deserve our huge thanks, and you should all be hugely proud of what you have achieved in such a short space of time.”

“I know that the Nightingale Birmingham will provide invaluable resources for hospitals from miles and miles around. This will reassure people across the Midlands that if their local hospitals reach capacity, there will be extra beds available for their loved ones here. I find that very comforting and I know many other people will too.”

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“I want to thank you for all you are doing to ensure we give the best possible care to those affected at this most challenging of times.”

Thursdays have become a day for thanking the health service and other caregivers in the U.K., with widespread clapping outside homes (including from the royal children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis), while drivers of emergency service vehicles flash their blue lights in appreciation.

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