WORK to replace the cladding at Oxford hospitals will begin soon.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) will be carrying out more surveys of the cladding which covers the Oxford Children's Hospital at the John Radcliffe and the Cancer and Haematology Centre at the Churchill Hospital this month.

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At the children's hospital work is likely to take about 12 weeks, in the lead up to Christmas. The idea is that the cladding – which is different to the one specified in the original designs – will be removed. The team will then look at the buildings' construction and then redesign something to replace it. While the work is going on the team at OUH have teamed up with the fire services to put emergency measures in place, like hourly fire safety checks.

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At the Churchill Hospital there will be two sets of work going on around the outside of the building which is likely to take around two to three months to finish.

The cladding opposite the intensive care unit is also likely to be replaced, by 2020.