Combustible cladding found

05 July 2017

Three hospitals in England have failed fire safety checks ordered in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, reports the BBC.

Buildings at London's King's College Hospital, Sheffield's children's hospital and the North Middlesex Trust have been found to have combustible cladding.

Those three trusts along with another 35 have been told to introduce 24-hour fire warden patrols to improve safety.

Checks of cladding used at five sites have yet to be finished.

Of the three that failed, one - the building at King's College - is an office block and does not house patients.

The other two sites have failed on buildings that house patients, but do not keep them in overnight.

Steps are under way at all three to improve safety.

But a spokesman for NHS Improvement, which regulates hospitals, said there would be "no disruption to patient services" while changes were being made.

A total of 38 trusts were identified last week as being of highest risk as they were already known to have been struggling with basic fire standards or had high-rise buildings that had cladding.

In Scotland, health boards have confirmed combustible cladding has not been used on any buildings.

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BBC News