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£54m to be invested in fire safety at hospitals

Fire safety is to be improved in Lincolnshire’s hospitals thanks to a £45m investment.

Hospital managers say the investment is off the back of lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower incident.

Some of the improvements that are being made at Boston, Lincoln and Grantham include new fire doors, alarm systems, sprinklers and lighting.

Equipment now used at the hospitals include evacuation chairs and evacuation cots.

Fire safety advisor at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, Kieran Davy, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire the evacuation at a hospital is different to other workplaces.

He said: “Laws change on the back of incidents and we learn from incidents. Grenfell is a classic example of that and we will bring the premises up to modern day standards.

“We have got staged evacuation so effectively all our floors don’t evacuate in one go so we evacuate in stages.

“Whereas an office block you expect them to go outside in the car park, we don’t and we take out patients elsewhere.”

He added that the money will bring modern day standards up to date.

Mr Davy added that fire doors will also help with incidents.

He said: “The whole idea is that if there is a fire in that room, it stays in that room and gives our staff and visitors a chance to escape.”