Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said it’s “very good news” the city’s Nightingale hospital is opening.
It was confirmed by officials on Wednesday the hospital in Exeter will receive its first coronavirus patients on Thursday.
The 116-bed hospital, built on the site of a former retail unit, will treat people with Covid-19, taking patients transferred from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) as it is "very busy".
On Twitter, Mr Bradshaw said it will “take pressure off the RD&E hospitals and other local NHS services to cope with unprecedented Covid-19 UK pressures."
In his response on Twitter, the Labour MP noted he had recently raised the issue with Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Speaking virtually in the Commons on 10 November, Mr Bradshaw told the Health Secretary his local NHS wanted to use the hospital, but did not then have the staff to do so.
He asked: "What exactly is the purpose of the Nightingale hospitals when there are not the doctors and nurses to staff them?”
Mr Hancock replied there had been an increase of more than 13,000 nurses in the past year, as well as returning members of NHS staff.
Government figures show the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in the South West has steadily risen over the previous weeks.
The data shows 34 patients were reported as being in hospital on 1 October, jumping to 437 on 1 November.