High chemical readings closed Grantham Hospital’s endoscopy ward for almost two weeks

Scene Setters : Grantham Hospital.
Scene Setters : Grantham Hospital.
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A ward at Grantham Hospital has reopened following a closure due to high chemical readings.

The endoscopy ward was closed on March 8 over health and safety concerns.
A spokesman for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Grantham Hospital, said: “We took the decision to close the endoscopy unit as a precaution until an external chemical analysis could be carried out following higher than normal chemical readings of a disinfectant that is used to clean equipment on the units. Patients with elective (planned) appointments at the unit for endoscopy procedures were transferred to other sites to minimise disruption.”

The trust called in an outside contractor to carry out tests in the ward, and these were carried out on Monday. Chemicals were found to be “well within the normal limits,” said the spokesman, and the unit was declared safe.

It reopened today (Thursday).