Hospital’s faulty flooring finally repaired

Clitheroe Community Hospital

Clitheroe Community Hospital

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All wards at Clitheroe Community Hospital are now back up and running.

Last August, health officials were forced to close a 10-bed ward at the then recently-opened multi-million pound facility due to faulty flooring.

Management had to make the difficult decision to close part of Ribblesdale Ward at the 32-bed hospital in Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, after staff discovered parts of the floor had disbonded, causing the vinyl to bubble.

Although admitting at the time the situation with the floor was “clearly unacceptable” and posed a trip hazard to patients, staff and visitors, officials at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust stressed it was “business as usual” and no patients have been turned away as a result.

The move sparked controversy at the time as the £7.2m. state-of-the-art hospital had only been open less than three months when it was hit by the faulty flooring problems.

However, the work is now complete, it has been revealed, and staff and patients are back on the wards.

In a statement to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, Mr Martin Morgan, Director of Estates and Facilities at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The remedial work required to replace flooring at Clitheroe Community Hospital was substantially completed on December 5th, 2014.

“Since then the 32 in-patient beds have been available for patient use. There remains one area of flooring which, although intact and perfectly safe for use, will be replaced purely as a precautionary measure later this year when the winter pressure on beds subsides.”

He added: “We apologise for the inconvenience this remedial works has caused and have amended our specifications to prevent the situation arising in the future.”