Hospital unit reopens after fire safety improvements

Hospital unit reopens after fire safety improvements

THE INPATIENT unit at North Somerset Community Hospital had seen an emergency closure take place in order to carry out fire safety works.

Bristol Post reported on the reopening of the unit in Clevedon after the two week emergency closure for ‘vital fire safety improvements’, following a fire safety survey that ‘highlighted additional work that was needed’. The works cost £7,500 and included installing a new fire door between two patient rooms ‘to improve the evacuation route’, alongside improvements to emergency sounders, with other units at the hospital remaining ‘fully open as usual’ during the improvements.

NSCP chief executive Judith Brown said: ‘We are really pleased to be able to re-open the unit as planned after only two weeks. Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do and this work was essential to improve fire safety measures at the hospital and ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

‘We looked at the possibility of keeping the Elton Rehabilitation Unit open, but the noise, disruption and dust would not have been conducive to the rehabilitation and recovery of our patients. We hope the community in Clevedon and across North Somerset appreciate how important fire safety is within the hospital and understood this short closure happened because it was absolutely necessary.’