Components of the external cladding near public entry points at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will be removed and installation of replacement boarding will take place over the weekend.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said testing of the external cladding by the Department of Housing and Public Works had found the material to be unsafe.

“Removing cladding from the building has been our priority, ahead of a replacement process,” said Mr Dick.

He said access to the hospital would be impacted and alternative entry points had been identified.

“The safety of patients, staff and visitors is always our top priority,” Mr Dick said.

“The Princess Alexandra Hospital has alternative patient drop-off points, pedestrian detour routes and staff drop off zones clearly marked during this time.

“Traffic management and extra security is also onsite to assist with vehicle diversions.”

Princess Alexandra Hospital has a modern fire safety system in place with more than 13,000 fire sprinklers and 6000 fire detectors across the campus.

Increased fire preparedness at the hospital including additional security patrols has also been in effect at the hospital since the presence of the defective cladding was confirmed in July.

Patient care will not be affected in any way and services will continue to operate as normal.

(Government Media Release, 30 September 2017)

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