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Home > News > Improvements in fire safety compliance at the Cumberland Infirmary as enforcement notice is withdrawn

Improvements in fire safety compliance at the Cumberland Infirmary as enforcement notice is withdrawn

Posted on Wednesday 28th October 2015
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Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that they have withdrawn the enforcement noticed they issued to North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and its PFI partner in July 2015 relating to fire safety concerns at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

Following a joint meeting last week, the Fire Service said they now consider the Cumberland Infirmary ‘currently demonstrates suitable and sufficient measures to satisfy the requirements of the legislation.’

The concerns about fire safety compliance came after the Trust commissioned a report in order to review fire precautions in the hospital as part of ongoing assurance work relating to estates and facilities management by their PFI partner.

As the Trust has clearly documented both publicly and with their PFI partner who are responsible for the hospital building, this work uncovered a number of very serious concerns in relation to fire safety including inappropriate fire proofing materials, inappropriate ‘compartmentalisation’ of the building and a defective fire alarm system.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service will continue to monitor all fire risk assessments during the ongoing rectification works and will continue to attend regular meetings with all involved parties.

Helen Ray, chief operating officer for the Trust, said: “The Trust has continued to openly engage and work with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to meet the conditions of the enforcement notice they issued to both the Trust and our PFI partner.

“We very much welcome the news that the enforcement notice has been withdrawn which demonstrates the huge amount of progress which has taken place over the past four months. I would like to thank our staff who have worked very hard to get us to this point. We recognise there are still rectification works to be done and we will be working with our PFI partner to ensure that progress continues.

“The safety and welfare of our staff, patients and visitors to the Cumberland Infirmary is our absolute priority and I would like to once again offer assurance that the Trust continues to take necessary actions to protect their wellbeing whilst using our services.”