Three hospitals in England have failed fire safety checks ordered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Buildings at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust in London, Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust were found to have combustible cladding.
“The building is not used for inpatient accommodation and measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the building”
Regulator NHS Improvement said all three organisations were “taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of those buildings and occupants” in line with updated fire safety guidance it had issued.
In all, 38 trusts were told to carry out urgent checks to find out if they had similar cladding to that used on the Grenfell Tower. All 38 have started round-the-clock patrols by fire wardens.
NHS Improvement said no further action was needed at 19 trusts following fire safety inspections and a review of technical information.
A further 11 were not required to take further action as building material sampled was not aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding – the type of cladding used at Grenfell.
Five organisations are still awaiting the outcome of tests carried out by the Building Research Establishment, which provides consultancy services for buildings.
Samples of ACM cladding taken from the three NHS providers identified yesterday all failed combustibility tests.
“Patient safety is paramount. There will be no disruptions to patient safety or continuity of care”
A test sample taken from an office building at King’s failed an ACM fire safety test. The building is not used by patients but NHS Improvement said the trust had removed the cladding “as a precautionary measure”.
Meanwhile Sheffield Children’s is taking steps to remove cladding from one its buildings.
“The building is not used for inpatient accommodation and measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the building while the ACM is removed,” said NHS Improvement.
Samples from a building at North Middlesex also failed the ACM combustibility test. NHS Improvement said the cladded areas did not house any inpatients.
“Patient safety is paramount. There will be no disruptions to patient safety or continuity of care,” said a statement by the regulator.