Lincoln hospital’s fire safety changes ‘almost complete’

Lincoln hospital’s fire safety changes ‘almost complete’

LINCOLN COUNTY Hospital has undergone a £1.4m refurbishment to improve fire safety, after United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust invested £46m in fire safety for all of its sites.

In June this year, a range of fires that had been caused by ageing electrical equipment prompted the trust to invest £46m in fire safety upgrades at three hospitals – Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Grantham Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital – with these including new fire doors, sprinklers, lighting and other improvements.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service officers served the trust with two fire enforcement notices at the Pilgrim and Lincoln hospitals, as well as a fire action plan (one level down from an enforcement notice) at Grantham hospital last summer. Following a report into fire safety at the hospitals revealing that ageing electrical items had caused ‘the majority of recent fires’, the Trust agreed to spend £6m in a bid to improve infrastructure and safety.

A spokesperson explained that it needed £46m of capital resources over three financial years to be compliant across the three sites. Other improvements being made included increased staff training, modernising and upgrading fire alarm systems, improving fire doors and enhancing fire barriers around the hospitals.

Now, The Lincolnite has reported that the work at Lincoln County Hospital, costing £1.4m, is ‘almost complete’, with the hospital’s gynaecology ward’s third floor – with 18 beds - the latest area to be renovated and benefitting from new ceilings, floorings, patient bathrooms, fire doors and lighting. The next areas to be improved include the ground floor antenatal and community midwife offices, with the wards having been ‘completely gutted out’.

The hospital’s top floor neonatal unit was the first to be transformed with a new special care unit, and Mark Bigger, the trust’s estates capital project manager, commented: ‘Over the next 18 months, patients will see a massive transformation in the maternity wing. We have taken the opportunity to strip everything back and give the ward a complete refurbishment. All the doors have been widened to wheelchair standards and we’ve put in completely new ceilings and new sanitation areas.’