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Hospital wing closed due to asbestos. Patients moved after tests reveal health risk. Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) has confirmed that asbestos has been found in at least 33 patient rooms in the hospital’s west wing. Having to move them meant that Monday was a busy day for staff.Children’s clinic affected But as if this wasn’t enough, 16 rooms on two wards had to be closed here yesterday. Although the hospital admit that this poses a challenge the clinic’s director, Sissel Moe Lichtenberg, assures the public that the situation is under control.Operating theatres

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Hospital wing closed due to asbestos

Published on Tuesday, 16th June, 2009 at 23:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th June 2009 at 23:35.

Patients moved after tests reveal health risk.

Stavanger University Hospital
Stavanger University Hospital
Photo: J. Ådnanes/Wikimedia Commons


Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) has confirmed that asbestos has been found in at least 33 patient rooms in the hospital’s west wing. Having to move them meant that Monday was a busy day for staff.

Children’s clinic affected

But as if this wasn’t enough, 16 rooms on two wards had to be closed here yesterday. Although the hospital admit that this poses a challenge the clinic’s director, Sissel Moe Lichtenberg, assures the public that the situation is under control.

Operating theatres

Two of these have also been found to contain traces of the material. However, the hospital says that after consultation with Norsk Inneklima og Arbeidsmiljø (NIA) – a company engaged by the hospital to advise on indoor air quality – these theatres will remain open to allow scheduled operations to take place.

“There are three deciding factors that allow us to recommend keeping these rooms open...Firstly, there is a marked overpressure in these theatres, in addition to the air being HEPA-filtered. Secondly, thorough cleaning is carried out on a regular basis and thirdly, extra shielding is offered to the employees by their protective clothing” says Tom Eriksen, NIA’s general manager. 

NIA’s report will be ready on Friday, together with results that recommend which measures should be taken.



Published on Tuesday, 16th June, 2009 at 23:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th June 2009 at 23:35.

This post has the following tags: stavanger, university, hospital, asbestos, closure, wing, ward.





  
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