31 October 2018
After the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) was handed two fire enforcement notices for the Lincoln and Boston Pilgrim sites and a fire action plan for Grantham Hospital.
ULHT are in the process of completely renovating Lincoln County Hospital as part of a £46 million major refurbishment programme to improve fire safety.
The most recent ward to be reopened will be the £1.4 million gynaecology ward after the £2.1 million neonatal unit was re-opened late last year.
Mark Bigger, estates capital projects manager at ULHT said, “All the doors have been widened to wheelchair standards and we’ve put in completely new ceilings and new sanitation areas.”
The trust implemented new ceilings, floors, fire doors and staff training as part of the refurbishment. A check was completed on the installation of cladding after the Grenfell fire, too.
Trust fire safety advisor Keiron Davey said, “It gives the trust board and all our patients, visitors and staff a reassurance that our buildings are up to modern-day compliance”
Fire containment is among the changes being made to the wards which will look to minimise the risk of a fire spreading.