Below is a message for patients and visitors about fire safety at Peterborough City Hospital;
“Following a review of the fire safety standards to which our hospital has been built, a significant number of issues were identified with the fire separation infrastructure. Work has been going on throughout the hospital since 2015 to both identify the scale of the problem and begin remedial action.
The survey work has recently uncovered a more extensive range of defects than originally thought, which means that the work to rectify the problems will take longer than anticipated. This, combined with the fact the remedial work has to take place while the hospital continues to deliver its services to patients, means it will not be completed until February 2019.
We are working with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and Progress Health, the organisation which has responsibility for maintaining the City Hospital building, to a detailed action plan to resolve these issues. As a precaution, we are working with fire safety officers to ensure the risk of fire is reduced as far as reasonably practicable while the remedial works are completed. As part of this, we have reviewed our fire evacuation procedures and are liaising with our staff to ensure they are aware of the changes this has brought about.
We can assure our patients and visitors that our staff are aware of the need to remain vigilant in maintaining our fire safety standards at all times. While our structural issues do not increase the risk of a fire happening, they increase the risk of it spreading should a fire occur.
If you have any concerns you wish to raise, please talk to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Their desk is located near the Core A lifts in the main atrium and is open between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Finally, thank you for bearing with us while our remedial works are ongoing. We are striving to keep the level of disruption to our patients to a minimum.”