We would like to reassure our patients, staff and local people regarding the fire safety measures at the Trust and how our current buildings and the new Royal are designed to meet the required standards regarding fire safety.
The exterior of the current Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where most of our inpatients are looked after, is made of concrete and therefore has no cladding.
Various types of cladding are used in several locations across Broadgreen, the Royal and the Dental Hospital, mainly in outpatient areas. Given the age of our estate, it is very unlikely that this cladding is similar to that used on recently renovated tower blocks. However we are reviewing these areas for additional assurance.
Regarding the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Carillion have said that:
"There are a number of different cladding systems utilised on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital all of which have been specified and installed to meet the required standards of fire safety. These include render, brick, unitised and aluminium composite cladding. This cladding differs from Grenfell Tower in a number of important ways in that it has a fire retardant core material, which offers enhanced fire performance, and the insulation behind this cladding is non-combustible mineral wool. Compliance with the project specification is confirmed through quality management and compliance processes involving the project design team, specialist installers, the independent tester and local authority building control. The new hospital has been designed to comply with the requirements of HTM05-02 “Firecode – Fire Safety in the design of healthcare premises” and has been approved by both Liverpool City Council Planning and Building Control and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. The new building is also fitted with a fire sprinkler system, which is a specific requirement of Firecode."