Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital shuts three working theatres after motion noticed in close by ceiling

Three working theatres at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been shut as a precaution after workers observed motion within the ceiling close by.

Groups noticed the problems with the suspended ceiling above the hall within the QEH’s fundamental theatre complicated, which results in three of its six elective working theatres, over the past two days.

Officers mentioned operations scheduled to happen in these theatres as we speak have been transferred to its Sandringham Unit and different theatres, that means not one of the deliberate procedures must be postponed.

Three working theatres at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been shut as a precaution after workers observed motion within the ceiling close by

However the hospital’s deputy chief working officer, Sarah Jones, mentioned it was simply one other instance of the present constructing not being match to be used.

“This demonstrates as soon as once more that our hospital is unfit for objective and the necessity for an pressing announcement in regards to the desperately wanted funding for a brand new QEH, recognising the influence on affected person and workers expertise and the operational working of our hospital,” she mentioned.

Ms Jones mentioned the theatres had been shut as a precautionary measure and to maximise everybody’s security so the QEH’s staff of professional surveyors might assess the structural integrity of the roof.

Emergency props on the QEH theatre corridor
Emergency props on the QEH theatre hall

In photos obtained by the Lynn Information, emergency props will be seen holding up the ceiling within the hall.

Cllr Rob Colwell, who represents Gaywood South at Norfolk County Council, mentioned he was ‘shocked’ to listen to of the most recent observations which have led to the ward closures.

“While very important checks are undertaken as to the structural integrity, it actually highlights the stark risks dealing with the QEH and the massive attainable hazard to sufferers and workers,” he mentioned.

“The hospital and the neighborhood have been warning for years. For our hospital to be talked about within the stay management debates by Liz Truss, exhibits the disaster dealing with our native very important well being service.

“While the prognosis of this newest growth is unsure, I fear in regards to the influence this halving of capability can have on the identified backlogs to NHS ready lists that existed even earlier than covid.

“I urge this zombie authorities to decide now on a full rebuild for our propped up hospital, somewhat than delay many extra months, while this management pantomime performs out. No extra excuses.”

And Cllr Jo Rust, who represents Springwood at West Norfolk Council, has contacted North West Norfolk MP James Wild and new Well being Secretary Steve Barclay in regards to the QEH scenario, which she mentioned was ‘merely unacceptable’.

“In case you are each dedicated to getting funding for our hospital to have the brand new construct it wants, then you have to do extra, work tougher and resolve the matter now. Not within the autumn,” she mentioned.

It comes following numerous calls to the Authorities to fund a rebuild of the crumbling hospital, which has round 1,500 props supporting the roof.

A big a part of the QEH was inbuilt 1980 with aerated concrete and was given a lifespan of about 30 years. Over time, water can get into the construction and weaken it.

Eighty per cent of the primary ground was constructed with this technique.

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