Cladding on hospital building at Enfield's North Midd fails fire safety test

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

Cladding on the main building at North Middlesex University Hospital has been found to be insufficiently fireproof.

A sample panel taken from the exterior of the building which houses outpatients, accident and emergency, day surgery, link corridors and offices, failed a fire resistance test over the weekend.

However, tests on another sample of cladding from the hospital’s 10-storey tower, which houses a number of wards, were shown to be fire resistant.

The tests were conducted in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in which 79 people have been confirmed dead.

In a statement the NHS trust, which runs the hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton, reassured patients, staff and visitors that the main ward areas did not have cladding on external walls so were not affected.

It said it had informed those responsible with the on-going maintenance of the building of the results of the tests and said it would work with them in the coming weeks to take the appropriate action to address the issue.

“The immediate priority for the Trust has been to ensure the safety of patients, carers, staff and other visitors to the Hospital,” it said. 

Fire risk safety checks were carried out by the London Fire Brigade at the hospital last week.

The North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust says the Brigade was satisfied at the steps it had taken to ensure its patients and staff were protected.

They included:

*the appropriate alerting systems are maintained and fully-functional, 

fire-fighting equipment is available

*fire wardens are clear of the evacuation procedures 

*clear processes are in place for moving patients to places of safety or evacuation in the event of a fire

Following the results of the subsequent tests on the cladding, the London Fire Brigade will visit the hospital again tomorrow (Wednesday 5).

“The Trust is confident that it has taken all the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of its patients, staff and other visitors to the Hospital,"it said.

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