Exmouth inpatients returned to normal ward after fire safety works

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 June 2018

Exmouth hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 4432-48-11TI

Exmouth hospital entrance. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 4432-48-11TI

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Inpatients at Exmouth Hospital have been returned to their normal ward after work to upgrade fire safety was successfully completed.

Beds in the hospital’s Doris Heard Ward were temporarily relocated to the vacant Geoffrey Willoughby Ward while a £50,000 project to safely remove asbestos and improve fire resistance took place.

The project, which also included a deep clean and air testing, has now been completed and patients have now been moved back into Doris Heard Ward.

The number of beds has been restored to 16 from the reduced number of 12 that were available during the work due to the constraints of the Geoffrey Willoughby Ward.

Rosemary Kearney, NHS facilities management business manager, said: “We’d like to thank patients for bearing with us while the work was completed.

“This important project will ultimately improve the fabric of Exmouth Hospital for patients for years to come.”

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