Health trust plays down fears of flammable cladding at Orpington hospitals
PUBLISHED: 16:43 04 July 2017
King's college Hospital Trust removed cladding as a precaution at its Denmark Hill site in south London
The health trust which runs two hospitals in Orpington insist they do not have the same flammable cladding that had to be removed from another of its sites in south London.
A statement from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said it removed cladding as a precaution in a non-patient area at its Denmark Hill site as public bodies respond to fire safety fears following the Grenfell Tower blaze last month.
It said: “Following an independent review by specialist fire engineers at Arup, one small non-patient area at Denmark Hill was identified as having potentially flammable cladding.
“The safety of our patients and staff is paramount and therefore as a precautionary measure we immediately removed this cladding in its entirety.
“The affected area is not used by patients and there was no disruption to services while the cladding was removed.
“It has since been confirmed that the sample tested positive.
“Neither the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) or Orpington Hospital were found to have the same cladding.”