170 beds have been closed at two large teaching hospitals in England after fire services issued prohibition orders over fire safety concerns.
Hospitals in Sheffield and Oxford were affected with wards being closed off after receiving the safety notices.
Four wards in Sheffield, containing 120 beds have been closed since November 2018. A further two wards in Oxford, containing 50 beds have also been closed.
Patients have been moved however, there is no date set to reopen any of the wards.
It is essential to keep buildings compliant with fire safety laws to avoid them being closed due to safety breaches. Out of use wards will limit the care available to patients, potentially putting their health and recovery at risk.