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.

Because the new hospital cannot be used until the heating problem is corrected, patients are being treated at the Victorian hospital in nearby Llwynypia, which had a planned closure last year.

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.