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Mid & South Essex NHS Trust

Mid & South Essex NHS Trust

Mid Essex · 5 November, 2023
Service: Asbestos
Sector: NHS Hospital


The hospital wanted to re-purpose empty rooms, store-rooms and offices so that they could accommodate the influx of patients. However, the hospital managers suspected that these areas contained asbestos.  Our works were to be carried out in A&E and on the COVID wards, that are required to operate 24/7/ 365 days a week including during lockdown. Our services needed to be discrete, respectful of patients and staff, and carried out without shutdown of the areas. All risks had to be identified and a management plan was quickly put in place.  In an environment with distressing scenes on the COVID wards and A&E departments our trained staff maintained a professional presence, despite the uncertainty around the COVID spread, personal health risks and the general unprecedented situation.

We provided the client with their own designated project manager that was personally available on a 24/7 basis to keep the project moving and provide immediate advice.  This personal approach and flexibility was essential for continuity, as this was definitely a unique situation.  We carried out an initial meeting to establish their requirements and created a method statement so that all the client’s drivers for success were addressed. Our teams worked shifts, mainly through the night to keep disruption to a minimum.

Following a rapid asbestos surveying, same-day analysis and reporting process, AEC put together a project plan which allowed asbestos to be successfully removed safely and allowed the construction firm to start works to build the new ‘wards’ that were utilised to treat patients.

Client Review:

“During the COVID pandemic Mid and South Essex NHS Trust engaged with AEC to provide asbestos surveying and management/monitoring support during asbestos removal work. This was a challenging year as was expected for the site and the estates and AEC team ensuring that services to our patients continued, and any maintenance and refurbishment work carried on.  This demanded flexibility and resilience from everyone involved, in what was a changing environment.   AEC delivered their services professionally and responded to our unique requirements to achieve our goals on time and on budget”.

Ann-Marie Tooley , Projects Manager – Mid & South Essex NHS Trust


* AEC is UKAS accredited for asbestos surveys, air testing and bulk sample analysis only.

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