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Cavendish Hospital maintenance works

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Cavendish Hospital, Buxton – routine maintenance work, August 2019

What maintenance work are you doing at Cavendish Hospital?

Before the winter sets in we need to carry out maintenance to the boiler room at Cavendish Hospital, to safeguard the heating and hot water supplies for the winter months and beyond. The work has been planned as part of routine but essential maintenance by our estates team who look after facilities management across all of the sites run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

How long will it take?

The work is planned to start on Monday 12 August and will be completed within eight weeks, and possibly within six weeks if work progresses well.  

What does this mean?

It means that for the duration of the work, the boiler will be switched off and there will be no hot water from the taps. We have risk assessed this and we are putting in place temporary measures to provide hot water on Fenton Ward so that inpatients can continue to be cared for on site.

There are some limitations on where temporary boilers can be installed. This will be enough for showers for six inpatients, so the ward will temporarily operate at a reduced capacity of six beds for the duration of the works The Ward will return its normal capacity of eight beds once the work has been completed.

Will any services be postponed? 

No, patients should continue to come for appointments. Outpatient services will continue as normal, although the toilet facilities will have cold tap water only. Our infection prevention and control team has been consulted and assurances given that washing hands with soap and using the correct technique is equally effective, whatever the water temperature.

Why is it necessary to do this work now?

By taking this planned approach and ensuring the boiler is maintained in good condition for the cold months later in the year we are doing our best to safeguard against any boiler room breakdowns which would have a much more severe impact on the hospital’s patients and staff. We are sorry for the inconvenience but feel it is necessary to do this work now when we can prepare for it and it causes the least possible disruption.

What impact will it have on care?

It will have no impact on care, apart from a slight temporary limitation on the maximum number of inpatients on the ward at any one time, meaning six patients rather than eight.

Any further questions?

If you would like to ask a question or make a comment about this, please contact the Patient Experience Team for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, on T: 01773 525119 or E: DCHST.patientexperienceteam@nhs.net or write to Patient Experience Team, Alfreton Primary Care Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7AH.