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Fire safety assurance following London tragedy

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Board heard that, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, all of Scotland’s health boards had undertaken an assessment of cladding and fire safety. 

David Loudon,  Director of Facilities, Property and Procurement said that he could assure staff and the Board that the cladding at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children was not the same as the type used at Grenfell.

He said Building Control systems were very strict in Scotland and that the cladding was glass and that the insulation behind it was “class O”. The hospitals have fire door systems and a sophisticated sprinkler system.

The recently clad neurological sciences building on the QEUH campus was not fitted with insulation behind the cladding and that other checks on buildings throughout NHSGGC – including those that are not high rise – didn't give any reason for concern.

Chairman John Brown expressed sympathy to everyone who had been touched by the tragedy and also his admiration, on the part of the board, to “all our colleagues in London who have coped so professionally and sensitively with this and other recent major events” in recent weeks.

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