Fire safety at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children's Hospital
04 July 2017

The safety of our patients, their families and our staff is of paramount importance to us. Following the national issue emerging around the use of cladding, we have been checking the cladding used on all of our buildings.

After sending samples of the cladding on our Stephenson Wing for fire safety testing, we have identified material that we will be removing. This work will begin on Monday 10 July.

Staff who work in this area are also receiving enhanced fire safety training, and we are working closely with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to make sure everything is in place to protect the safety of our patients and staff. All fire alarms are fully updated and evacuation procedures in line with best practice.

We have also been working with our construction company to make sure that all cladding on our new hospital wing is installed in a safe way. These will be in place before the new wards open.

We can assure families that the hospital remains a safe place to visit.

Key facts

Stephenson Wing and theatre block

The Stephenson Wing is a five-storey building on Western Bank. The top two storeys, which are not areas where patients stay, have cladding.

The new theatre block is a two-storey building on Damer Street. Only the ground floor is occupied, the upper floor is vacant. After inspection, the cladding on this building was found to be fully compliant and did not require testing.

The samples from the Stephenson Wing have been tested at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). This showed that the cladding is not the low-risk material required, and the Trust is investigating ways to remove this cladding at the earliest opportunity.

General

Sheffield Children’s requested a visit from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to check the site and confirm there were no immediate risks. That visit took place on 30 June and the service is supportive of the work the Trust is doing in relation to fire safety.

Sheffield Children’s has been working with NHS Improvement having been identified as Category 1 – this is because Sheffield Children’s has reported having cladding on a hospital building that is more than two storeys high.

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