Patients to be moved because of fire safety concerns

More than 50 inpatient beds from the Trauma Unit are being moved to wards within the John Radcliffe Hospital because of fears over fire safety.

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NHS Trust statement after fire safety report:

On Thursday 27 July Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received a report on fire safety in the Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The report was written by Trenton Fire whom the Trust commissioned to make recommendations about the Trauma Unit following a review of fire safety of cladded buildings on our four main hospital sites in Oxfordshire after the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.
An extraordinary Board Meeting was held on Thursday 27 July, and a decision made in light of the report’s recommendations, to plan to move the 52 inpatient beds from the Trauma Unit to wards within the John Radcliffe Hospital. The Trust is putting its contingency planning in place and preparing the wards to receive patients from the Trauma Unit. The move is planned for Friday 4 August which will allow enough time to ensure patient safety during the move and prepare the new locations appropriately. The Trust is working closely with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to identify beds in the community for patients who have already been assessed as ready to go home, to help free up beds.
In the meantime, the existing additional fire safety measures put in place when the Trauma Unit was first raised as an area of possible risk are being maintained.
The Report by Trenton Fire have made a number of recommendations that the Trust will need to put in place to improve fire safety before the building can be reoccupied as an inpatient unit, including replacing cladding. It is important to note that the recommendation to move patients is not just because of the cladding, but because of a combination of fire safety factors with this building, making it currently unsuitable for inpatients.
It is thought that these works may take up to 12 months to carry out. The report also finds that the ground floor outpatient clinic area can remain open for patient use during the period required for building modifications. In addition the upper floors will be safe to use as office and storage space. The report has been discussed with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who have agreed to support the Trust while we manage a move of patients over the next week. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support the Trust in ensuring the safety of patients and staff during this time for which the Trust is very grateful.OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST