May 11, 2009
Hospital’s floors too hot to stand on
A new National Health Service hospital in Wales not being used because the floors are too hot to walk on, officials said.
Britain's Daily Mail reported Monday that the under-floor heating at the hospital has made the new 108-bed Rhondda Valley Hospital in South Wales unusable. Floor temperatures reach 104 degrees, the newspaper reported.
This was meant to be one of the most environmentally-friendly hospitals because of the nature of the heating system, said Leighton Andrews, Welsh Assembly member for the Rhondda Valleys.
But the under-floor heating has made the floor too hot to walk on.
One staffer said the floor is as
hot as a Mediterranean beach in some spots -- too hot to stand on in bare feet.