A detailed programme of fire safety improvements carried out at Peterborough City Hospital during the past two-and-a-half years have now been completed, resulting in the lifting of an enforcement notice by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The works, which have been carried out while the hospital remained fully operational, were completed five months ahead of the original schedule.
Stephen Graves, chief executive of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees the running of Peterborough City, Stamford and Hinchingbrooke hospitals, said: “The work involved a series of adaptions and improvements including alterations to fire doors, compartment walls and fire dampers across all four levels of the Peterborough City Hospital building.
“Due to the complexity of the work required, and the number of defects to be rectified, this has been a long process. It is reassuring to know that our building now meets all regulatory requirements for fire safety.
“We have worked closely with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service throughout this period. I would like to thank them for their support and guidance, which has been excellent. I would also like to thank our staff and those patients who may have been affected by the disruption from time to time.
“The cost of the works was funded by our PFI providers as part of the agreement to resolve the issues uncovered in the original survey in 2014.”
Head of fire safety for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Group Commander Brenan Morgan, said: “The enforcement notice which was served on Peterborough City Hospital, for fire precautions that were not of a satisfactory standard, has now been withdrawn as all the fire safety matters have been resolved.
“Staff at the hospital have taken a proactive and positive approach to rectifying these issues and worked well with us. We will continue to audit the hospital on a regular basis to ensure standards of fire safety remain satisfactory.”