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Hospital Criticised over Fire Safety

The Royal Sussex County Hospital has been criticised for its fire safety provisions following a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Concerns were raised over the structure of the building, overcrowding and the storage of flammable substances. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, who manage the Royal Sussex County Hospital, have been placed in special measures by the CQC after a worrying amount of other safety deficiencies were found across its estate.

The report stated: “Not all areas of the hospital met cleaning standards and the fabric of the buildings in some areas was poor, and posed a risk to patients, particularly with regard to fire safety. “We had particular concerns that the risk of fire was not being managed appropriately. We found that the Barry and Jubilee buildings were particular fire safety risks as they were not constructed to modern safety standards and had been altered and redesigned many times during their long history.

“They were overpopulated, overcrowded and cluttered with narrow corridors and inaccessible fire exits. We found flammable oxygen cylinders were stored in the fire exit corridors. We found that fire doors with damaged intumescent strips which would not provide half an hour fire barrier in the event of horizontal evacuation. “Review fire plans and risk assessments ensuring that patients, staff and visitors to the hospital can be evacuated safely in the event of a fire. This plan should include the robust management of safety equipment and access such as fire doors, patient evacuation equipment and provide clear escape routes for people with limited mobility.”

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