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Patient accuses Blackburn Hospital bosses of wasting money on heating
8:00am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
A PATIENT has accused hospital bosses of wasting money on heating bills when wards are so warm, windows have to be kept open.
Richard Kennedy, 36, of Blackburn, spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Ward 22 of the Royal Blackburn Hospital with kidney problems.
He said: “The temperature was roasting. It was so hot from the minute I got there till when I left, that sweat was dripping off me and I had to sleep with no bedclothes on.
“They had all of the windows in the wards wide open, as well as the windows in the corridors.
“There were plenty of people complaining about it, even a 90-year-old man across from me, and it’s unusual to hear an elderly person complain of being too hot.
“I’m concerned that they’re wasting tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money on excess heating, at a time when they’re facing tough cutbacks.
“I’m sure that most people would like to know how their money is being spent.”
A Trust spokesperson said that environmental conditions meet statutory legislative standards and the NHS Energy-Encode Code of Practice.
The spokesman said: “Patient environments are finely controlled through computerised Building Energy Management Systems (computerised) which constantly regulate temperature levels to pre-set levels.
“We have 24 hour services available on the site to promptly attend to any helpdesk reported concerns regarding temperatures or any other non-clinical issues raised by patients, staff and visitors should any engineering faults arise.
“In the case of a complaint from received from a clinical area regarding temperature, Balfour Beatty will meet with Trust maintenance to look at conditional changes and altering the control parameters.
“We can confirm that nursing staff on the ward did contact the helpdesk following Mr Kennedy’s concerns and the temperature gauge was turned down by a further five degrees.”
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