18 July 2017
You will all be aware of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower, and the subsequent evacuation of Chalcots Estate brings it all closer to home.
Following this terrible tragedy, NHS regulators ordered an audit of every hospital amid concerns of the wider use of the cladding that may be as dangerous as Grenfell Tower.
The Regulators issued a statement saying: “Fire safety should be an absolute priority for the NHS. That’s why we are checking with all NHS providers of care in England that they have identified any risks and are taking any action necessary – both in terms of cladding specifically, but also on fire risks more broadly.”
Although we are not an acute Trust, Paul Waterman, Operational Estates and Facilities Manager at the Trust, has been in correspondence with the Regulators at NHS Improvement to provide assurance that we have undergone fire safety checks on all our sites. He has also met with Dave King, Fire Safety Advisor to the Trust with regards fire risks in general.
Following a successful fire evacuation of the Tavistock Centre on 30 June, Paul said:
“A big thank you to the fire wardens, all patients, staff and students for your response to the evacuation which was carried out in an exemplary manor.”
While on site, the First Safety Advisor also discussed the materials covering our buildings here at the Tavistock Centre, Paul said “I am pleased to confirm that the cladding that covers much of our buildings meets current building regulations. We have carried fire safety checks on our sites, and have not identified any serious risks.”
“Please be assured that my team and I are doing everything we can to ensure staff, patients and visitors to any of our sites feel safe when on our premises and know what to do in the event of a fire.”