A MAJOR £720,000 project to replace the roof on a hospital is underway.

The ageing and weather-worn roof on the main ward block at the University Hospital of Hartlepool will be entirely replaced.

It is expected to be completed in May.

Glen Newby, head of design and development at NTH Solutions, said: “Weather permitting, we’ll have the new roof complete by May, but until then, we want to make sure this project goes smoothly and safely.

“We’re asking everyone in the hospital to follow any diversion signs or requests from the construction team and to be aware that there will be wagons and plant equipment on site at various times.

“We’ll be doing all we can to keep noise at a minimum but some noise and disturbance will be inevitable.”

Deepak Dwarakanath, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust medical director, said: “The University Hospital of Hartlepool plays a vital role in our work to provide the best possible health care for our region.

“Investing in the new roof will help us make sure the hospital remains able to serve our community for many more years.”

Patients are asked to observe any restrictions or safety signage while at the hospital and to expect some noise at times.

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