Dangerous RAAC concrete discovered at Warrington Hospital


DANGEROUS RAAC concrete has been identified at Warrington Hospital, although it is in an isolated area and will not impact the delivery of patient care.

An isolated number of RAAC planks have been discovered in a small post room at the hospital.

RAAC is a cheap version of concrete that was used mostly in construction between the 1950s and 1990s. It has a lifespan of about 30 years and concerns have mounted about the impact of water ingress on its safety.

Last year, it was revealed more than 50 hospitals across the country contained Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). Warrington was not one of these, however a new list released yesterday, Thursday, revealed RAAC has now been identified at the hospital.

A spokesperson for Warrington Hospital said: “An isolated number of RAAC planks have been identified in a small post room at Warrington Hospital. The affected area is not used for the delivery of patient care and was closed immediately following the identification of RAAC.

“Our Trust estates team has been working with specialist structural engineers to ensure we have the best possible advice and to arrange for repair works to this particular building.

“We have carried out extensive surveys of our estate at both Warrington and Halton. It is safe for patients, visitors and staff to be on site and people should attend appointments as normal.”


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