£1.4m fire safety refurb at Lincoln hospital nears completion

A major refurbishment to improve fire safety at Lincoln County Hospital is almost complete.

The third floor of the gynaecology ward was the latest to be renovated as part of the £1.4 million programme.

It has benefited from new ceilings, floorings, patient bathrooms, fire doors and lighting throughout the 18-bed ward.

Next on the list for improvement is the ground floor antenatal and community midwife offices.

Mark Bigger, estates capital projects manager at ULHT, said: “Over the next 18 months, patients will see a massive transformation in the maternity wing.

“We have taken the opportunity to strip everything back and give the ward a complete refurbishment.

“All the doors have been widened to wheelchair standards and we’ve put in completely new ceilings and new sanitation areas.”

The ward has been completely gutted out.

The top floor neonatal unit was the first to undergo a transformation, with the new £2.1 million special care baby unit re-opening late last year.

Karen Bird, sister on the newly refurbished gynaecology ward, said the staff were eager to get back into their newly refurbished surroundings.

“It will be so much better for the patients to be back on the bright and fresh new ward. It’s great for staff morale and everyone can’t wait to get on there.”

ULHT was handed two fire enforcement notices for their hospitals in Lincoln and Boston shortly after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The major disaster where 72 people died sparked fire safety improvements across the country.