Lincolnshire hospitals' £46m upgrades

Lincolnshire hospitals' £46m upgrades

A NUMBER of fires caused by ageing electrical equipment have prompted United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust to invest £46m in fire safety upgrades in hospitals.

According to the Lincolnshire Reporter, new fire doors, sprinklers, lighting and a range of other improvements are to be rolled out in Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Grantham Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital.

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.

Since the Grenfell Tower disaster, fire safety in public buildings has become a widely discussed topic. 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 of its own resource in a bid to improve infrastructure and safety.

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

‘We have been supported during 2017/18 and 2018/19 with an external capital loan from the Department of Health of £36m and have committed £6m of our own capital resources spread over the three financial years. The trust has requested a further £4m capital support from the Department of Health in 2019/20 to fund the final element of the £46m programme of works and we are awaiting confirmation of this.’