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Cornish Care Home Closes
7:01am 10th May 2014
A Cornish care home is closed over serious safety issues.
Longreach at Redruth looks after adults with mental health problems.
A refurbishment discovered the roof has never been fireproofed properly.
Bosses tell Pirate FM they are finding alternative accommodation for residents so the work can be carried out.
Maria Edgcumbe, Associate Director of Inpatient Services, said: "As part of a major refurbishment to improve the patient facilities at Longreach House in Redruth, the Trust has uncovered a serious safety issue.
"We were disappointed to identify that inadequate fire proofing was put in place, in the roof area, when Longreach was built in 2003.
"As the roof space is a sealed area, it falls outside the remit of routine fire inspections, which we undertake annually.
"As tenants of the building, we have taken expert advice and immediate action to ensure the on-going safety of patients and staff. We are meeting with the owners of the building to establish how and when the remedial work will be completed."
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