Amid the continuing concerns about potential faulty cladding on buildings Royal London Hospital is taking a belt and braces approach to fire safety.
A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust told Love Wapping that wardens have walked the floors of all the Trust’s hospitals carrying out fire safety checks and that both sprinkler and smoke extraction systems are in place in all of their buildings.
“We do have external cladding on three of our hospital buildings, Newham, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London hospitals but this was not retro-fitted recently as in Grenfell Tower, it was all part of the original design specifications about ten years ago,” said the spokesperson.
“The cladding is not a composite and is not believed to be a safety risk. We have no reason to believe this cladding is a fire risk, therefore, but we are carrying out in-depth checks as part of a belt and braces approach to ensuring our patients and staff are safe. We will continue to co-operate with the London Fire Brigade and others on any further investigations that are required.”
Hospitals at three other large NHS trusts have failed fire safety tests.
Cladding is being removed by King’s College Hospital in London, Sheffield Children’s NHS trust and North Middlesex University Hospitals.