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Buildings at three NHS trusts fail fire safety tests

Cladding is being removed at NHS buildings in Sheffield, at King’s College Hospital, London and North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Buildings at three NHS trusts in England have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, NHS Improvement has said.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is taking steps to remove cladding from one of its buildings following a negative test result.

NHS Improvement said the building is not used for inpatient accommodation and “measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the building while the cladding is removed”.

Cladding from a building at North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust has also failed the test and is being removed. It does not house any inpatients.

Cladding being removed from a housing building in Manchester (PA)

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in south London announced on Monday cladding at one of its buildings was being taken down following tests. It is also a building not used by patients.

A spokeswoman for NHS Improvement said: “Patient safety is paramount. There will be no disruptions to patient services or continuity of care.”

All NHS trusts and foundation trusts have been asked to carry out urgent fire safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire.

NHS Improvement said it has identified 38 organisations that require extra support to carry out urgent checks.

All NHS trusts and foundation trusts have been asked to carry out urgent fire safety checks (PA)

All 38 of these “priority one” trusts have started 24-hour fire warden patrols, it said. Of these trusts, 19 have had a review and no further action is needed at this stage.

A further 11 are not required to take further action at this stage “as the building material sampled is not aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding”, NHS Improvement said.

A further five organisations are still awaiting combustibility test results.

The other three have failed the tests and are removing cladding.

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