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Brrr! It’s freezing in here, say hospital patients

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

HOSPITAL patients have been feeling the cold in East London this week with the Arctic snap causing a strain on the heating system. Staff at the Royal London in Whitechapel have been reaching for extra blankets and have had to bring in mobile heaters following complaints

By Gemma Collins

HOSPITAL patients have been feeling the cold in East London this week with the Arctic snap causing a strain on the heating system.

Staff at the Royal London in Whitechapel have been reaching for extra blankets and have had to bring in mobile heaters following complaints.

Complaints were made to Tower Hamlets councillor Stephanie Eaton, who has raised concerns after being contacted by relatives.

“I am concerned about the welfare of patients as the hospital can’t be kept warm,” she said. “Supplying extra blankets may not be sufficient.”

Health chiefs insist they found no faults with the boiler at the hospital. But the heating system on a few wards has “struggled to reach some small areas” during this cold snap, they admit. Low temperatures had made it the coldest winter for 22 years.

The hospital has promised to continue making sure patients “remain warm and comfortable.”


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