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Hospital opening delayed because floor 'too hot'

13th May 2009

Officials have delayed the opening of £36m hospital in Wales because the floors are too hot to walk on.

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Underfloor heating at the 108-bed Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda hospital at Llwynypia, which was originally to open last autumn, has caused floor tiles to reach a reported 40C (104F).

Cwm Taf NHS Trust has commissioned an independent review into apparent defects.

Meanwhile, with repair work set to take until next Spring, patients are still being treated at nearby Llwynypia hospital even though it was meant to close last year.

Conservative health spokesman Andrew Davies, who plans to raise the problem at the Welsh Assembly, said: "This is of great concern to a community that has already been waiting 20 years for a new hospital."

The hospital is one of the first in Britain to use sustainable resources but contractors have not been able to control the underfloor heating.

Leighton Andrews, AM for the Rhondda Valleys, said: "This was meant to be one of the most environmentally-friendly hospitals because of the nature of the heating system.

"It was meant to be state-of-the-art but we are now well behind the scheduled opening date."

David Lewis, director of finance at Cwm Taf NHS Trust, said a report into the problem should be available at the end of the month and then the trust will have a clearer idea of what the next step will be and the remedial action required.

The Welsh Assembly Government remains determined that the new hospital will open as soon as possible.

 

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