Sligo hospital identified as fire-risk

Sligo University Hospital is one of five hospitals that have been identified as being in the ‘highest risk’ category when it comes to fire due to the fact that it is six storeys high.

Specialist cladding inspectors have been drafted in to examine Sligo and five other hospitals including Galway University Hospital, in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster.

The HSE formed an external cladding systems evaluation group after the UK tragedy, and it identified the five hospitals as needing to be examined.

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Any cladding systems on the buildings will be opened up and examined to see what kind of material was used and remedial work will be carried out as necessary.

The investigations are due to be finished by the end of August.