The HSJ has reported that many NHS buildings have been constructed with RAAC, which is in some cases reaching the end of safe use and causing danger to staff and patients.
We have concerns regarding the safety of our members and the patients they serve, and would appreciate answers to the following:
Please note this information is requested pursuant to section one of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Thank you for your recent request dated 7th September 2023.
An exercise has been undertaken to determine if RAAC was presumed to be present at all sites owned, leased, or managed by Public Health Wales (PHW) NHS Trust. The exercise has ruled out the presence of RAAC for all sites with a construction date outside the scope of the building period when RAAC was widely used.
All sites constructed within the scope of the building period when RAAC was widely used were visited by structural engineers for survey; formal inspection reports have been received to date for three sites in this category of these sites providing confirmation that RAAC is not present.
The final four sites requiring site surveys by structural engineers have now had site visits completed and Public Health Wales has been provided with verbal assurance that RAAC has not been found to be present at them. The final formal inspection report for these for sites is awaited.
Christopher Orr – Head of Estates and Health & Safety
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the Corporate Complaints Manager, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, 3, Number 2, Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner for Wales
Telephone: 029 2067 8400