Health chiefs have been forced to close a 10-bed ward at the recently-opened Clitheroe Community Hospital due to faulty flooring.
Less than three months after Clitheroe’s new £7.4m. 32-bed hospital officially opened its doors to patients, it has had to close the majority of Ribblesdale Ward after staff discovered that parts of the floor had disbonded, causing the vinyl to bubble.
However, officials at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust have stressed that its business as usual and that no patients have been turned away as a result.
Mr Martin Morgan, director of estates and facilities for ELHT, said the situation with the floor was clearly unacceptable and it posed a trip hazard to patients, staff and visitors.
“The construction company who built the hospital and the Trust have requested an independent investigation by a specialist contractor who has now inspected the flooring across the whole hospital and a programme of remedial work to correct the problem and make the flooring safe is due to begin.
“Currently 10 beds are out of use on Ribblesdale Ward while this work is carried out with the priority to re-open the six-bedded bay as soon as possible. The hospital continues to accept patients as normal and we have not had to turn any admissions away.
“This has had no impact on the care delivered to the patients on the ward and within the outpatient clinics”.
This is the second time in two months the multi-million pound health facility has been hit by problems.
Last month we reported, that a chronic shortage of parking was causing patients and relatives searching for a parking bay to “abandon” vehicles on Chatburn Road outside the hospital.