Officials at Glasgow’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) have moved to calm fears of patients and staff after it emerged the £842 million hospital uses the same cladding found in parts of the Grenfell Tower.
It was revealed this week that Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards, the same material discovered in the Grenfell block by Channel 4 News, were fitted to the QEUH super-complex in Govan.
A devastating fire tore through the 24-storey west London block on June 14, claiming the lives of at least 80 people.
However, the main contractor for the hospital construction has assured NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) the boards were properly installed and met strict safety standards.
A spokesman for the hospital said: “The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the safest buildings in the UK in terms of fire engineering.
“Multiplex, the main contractor for the hospital construction, have assured NHSGGC that the Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards were properly installed to meet Scotland’s stringent building and fire safety regulations.
“The hospital itself is designed and equipped to the highest standards for fire safety.”
The Scottish Government also said it had been assured the insulation was fitted correctly and met fire regulations.
A spokeswoman said: “The QEUH is designed and equipped to the highest standards for fire safety.
“NHSGGC has sought to assure us that the Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation boards were correctly installed to meet all current building and fire regulations in Scotland.
“The hospital also has a number of other fire prevention measures to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors at all times.”