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NHS Hospital Opens On Mediterranean Beach

by | 11th, May 2009

med-beachBALMY times at the NHS’s new £36m NHS hospital in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. The place is empty not because we’re all dead or all well but because the floors are too hot to walk on, meaning corridors are “as hot as a Mediterranean beach”.

Chuck in some puking, self-soiled patients off their faces on drugs and kebabs and it’s St Falirki’s.

At the Med-themed hospital, the under floor heating means the floor is at a decent 104F (40C), causing some tiles to buckle.

Says Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Assembly member for the Rhondda Valleys:

“This was meant to be one of the most environmentally-friendly hospitals because of the nature of the heating system. But the underfloor heating has made the floor too hot to walk on – I understand that temperatures have reached 40C.

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

With no hint of irony, David Lewis, director of finance at Cwm Taf NHS Trust, tells one and all:

“We have commissioned an independent review to determine whether there are defects and, if so, what remedial action needs to be take. We will have this report by the end of the month and we will then know what the next step will be.”

One imagines the next step will be taken in thick-soled shoes, or by a gaggle of drunk fire-walkers on a stag do…

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