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In late June, the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) was made aware of a potential concern with some of the cladding installed on Building 1 and the Central Energy Unit.
As a result, the Department of Housing and Public Works instigated a comprehensive testing process, overseen by the Non-conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce.
Preliminary information from this process has confirmed that the cladding is combustible and must be removed.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mick De Brenni subsequently advised Parliament that work to remove the cladding would begin as a priority, ahead of a replacement process.
PAH has a modern fire safety system in place with more than 13,000 fire sprinklers and 6,000 fire detectors across the campus and we are well prepared to deal with any potential emergency situation.
During the period that the cladding is being removed, the additional safety measures put in place in recent months will remain. This includes around the clock monitoring and an elevated Queensland Fire and Emergency Services response to any incidents at PAH.
The entire process may take up to 18 months and for a significant amount of this time the hospital will not have external cladding.
The cladding is primarily aesthetic and it is important to note patient care will not be affected in any way.
Safety of patients, staff and visitors is always our top priority and all PAH services will continue to operate with minimal disruption throughout this process.