NHS FIRE RISK SCAN­DAL 3 Trusts fail ‘Gren­fell’ test

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

BUILD­INGS at three NHS trusts in Eng­land have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Gren­fell Tower dis­as­ter, NHS Im­prove­ment has said.

Sh­effield Chil­dren’s NHS Foun­da­tion Trust is tak­ing steps to re­move cladding from one of its build­ings fol­low­ing a neg­a­tive test re­sult.

NHS Im­prove­ment said the build­ing is not used for in­pa­tient ac­com­mo­da­tion and “mea­sures are be­ing put in place to en­sure the safety of the build­ing while the cladding is re­moved”.

Cladding from a build­ing at North Mid­dle­sex Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust has also failed the test and is be­ing re­moved.

It does not house any in­pa­tients.

King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in south Lon­don an­nounced on Mon­day that cladding at one of its build­ings was be­ing taken down fol­low­ing tests.

It is also a build­ing not used by pa­tients.

A spokes­woman for NHS Im­prove­ment said: “Pa­tient safety is para­mount. There will be no dis­rup­tions to pa­tient ser­vices or con­ti­nu­ity of care.”

All NHS trusts and foun­da­tion trusts have been asked to carry out ur­gent fire safety checks fol­low­ing the Gren­fell Tower fire.

NHS Im­prove­ment said it has iden­ti­fied 38 or­gan­i­sa­tions that re­quire ex­tra sup­port to carry out ur­gent checks.

All 38 trusts have started 24-hour fire war­den pa­trols, it said.

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