Nottinghamshire hospital caught up in concrete safety concerns

A Nottinghamshire hospital and numerous other public buildings have roofing material known as reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), it has emerged.

Recent evidence has shown that RAAC has a shorter lifespan and can lead to safety issues.

More than 100 schools had to close off parts of their buildings due to safety defects linked to RAAC, and 34 hospitals also used this material in their construction.

According to The Mirror‘s data, Bassetlaw Hospital has already removed the material earlier this year. The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) Trust, which manages the hospital, has confirmed this.

Bassetlaw Hospital received £15.944 million in funding to replace its affected roofs by mid-year.

As a result, the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) Trust became the first NHS provider in the UK to remove RAAC from its sites.

Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, director of innovation and infrastructure, said: “The removal of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from Bassetlaw Hospital is a testament to our unwavering dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients, staff, and visitors. I want to thank everybody involved in this project, this achievement underscores our commitment to providing the highest quality of care in buildings which are fit for purpose.”