AN AUDIT carried out on a Harrow hospital following a fire last year shows that bosses may have to fork out £70million to bring it up to standard.
Investigations into the infrastructure of Northwick Park Hospital were launched after a fire in an electrical intake room in the basement of the hospital led to the evacuation of 200 patients in February last year.
More than 50 firefighters sped to the blaze on February 11, which had first been noticed when smoke spread through the main block. Subsequent investigation revealed the hospital was in need of major redevelopment.
A report released this week shows that North West London Hospital Trust (NWLHT), which is responsible for the
Watford Road hospital, is required to spend tens of millions of pounds to update the site - but is unlikely to have the funds to carry it out.
Documents to be considered by the trust's board of directors yesterday (Wednesday) show management intended to speak to NHS London, the parent organisation for all NHS bodies in the capital, about what it should do.
The report says: "Following the fire at Northwick Park Hospital, the trust undertook a review of the infrastructure of the site and was required to spend a minimum of £20million.
"Any works and investment would need to be undertaken in a graduated way as it would probably not be viable for the trust to carry out too many works simultaneously."
Although £20m appears to be the minimum amount needed to bring the site up to scratch, another document, the
Arup report, reveals it will cost NWLHT more than £70m to upgrade "mechanical, electrical, fire and medical gas systems" at Northwick Park and neighbouring St Mark's Hospital.
More than £13m is needed to deal with 'high risk' problems such as substandard fire systems and ventilation, with just under £10m more necessary to address 'medium risk' issues.
However, nearly £47m will have to be stumped up to make much-needed replacements to windows and a lift amongst other things - which have been described as low risk.
The NHS trust failed to return multiple calls from the Observer this week.