News posted 12 September, 2023

An update on our work as part of the national NHS RAAC programme

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MFT carried out a Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) survey as part of the national NHS programme.

The survey found that some RAAC panels had been used in a small number of areas across the trust’s 10 hospitals and more than 80 community and administrative facilities which we lease.

No RAAC was found in any areas with patient beds.

Following the outcome of the review, and careful consideration of any issues, engineers have confirmed that we can continue to use these areas as normal and no services need to be relocated while we undertake further work as required.

North Manchester General Hospital

  • F Block extension – this is in the extension only, is not in any area where patient beds are located and does not relate to any of the original F Block.
  • The dental lab and adjacent offices.
  • Some areas of The Gallery restaurant.
  • One standalone storeroom, which has recently been closed.

Wythenshawe Hospital

  • Some parts of the maternity block roof – this does not include any delivery rooms or patient wards.

David Furnival, Group Chief Operating Officer for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The safety of our colleagues, patients and visitors continues to be our primary concern and we are working at all times in line with expert guidance from the Institution of Structural Engineers and NHS England. We want to assure everyone that our services are running as normal and patients should attend their appointments as usual.

“Our detailed survey found a small number of areas where RAAC has been used and we have taken prompt action, and will continue to do so, in line with expert engineering advice.”