Weston General Hospital maintenance bill hits £9million backlog
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 October 2016
The bill for a backlog of maintenance work required at Weston General Hospital is sitting at £9million - with £53,000 of it labelled as 'high risk'.
New figures from NHS Digital show the hospital, in Grange Road, would need to spend £53,150 to eradicate the high-risk backlog.
The outstanding work which poses a significant risk to safety would cost Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) £942,500 and slightly less urgent work would set the trust back close to £7million.
Maintenance issues which pose a low risk would cost the hospital £1million to put right.
Trevor Chacksfield, the head of estates and facilities at the hospital, said a recent survey had shown the buildings and infrastructure are ‘sound, operationally safe and in good condition’.
He said: “The sum mentioned is very much in keeping with other small hospitals nationwide, and has remained consistent over the past two years despite investment in regular maintenance, general refurbishment projects and new works to keep infrastructure safe and in good working order.”
The data shows there were 48 incidents relating to the hospital’s estates and facilities.
But, the hospital received more than £1million to reduce its maintenance backlog in 2015/16 and a further £2.5million to improve its buildings.
In 2015/16 the trust refurbished its operating theatres, at a cost of £2.4million, and it has recently announced it will invest £1.4million into improving its endoscopy unit during the next year. It is also upgrading the isolation room in Berrow Ward.
Mr Chacksfield said: “We’ve invested millions of pounds over the past five years in new outpatients and emergency departments, as well as our scanning department, and we’ve completely remodelled our front entrance to improve facilities.
“Patients and visitors to the hospital will be able to spot the progress of our ongoing five-year investment programme which is continuing to deliver our maintenance programmes and new works.”