THE roof of a Kidderminster Hospital block has been undergoing "desperate" repair work after it was found to contain Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

The Mirror recently published a map with hospitals across the country that were built partially or mostly with the material, which has a limited lifespan.

The publisher highlighted that the air bubble-filled material was popular between the 1960s and 80s and was previously used in schools and hospitals as a cheaper alternative to normal concrete.

However, experts warned that the material, which has been likened to a 'chocolate Aero,' is a “ticking time bomb”.

'A Block' at Kidderminster Hospital is one of the 32 buildings included in The Mirror article, "documenting the crumbling hospitals up and down the country, in desperate need of replacing".

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, confirmed that work is currently taking place to repair the roof.

He said: “The roof of the A Block building on the Kidderminster Hospital site was confirmed to contain some Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in August 2021.

"The cost of the replacement of the roof and associated work has been fully funded by the Department of Health and Social Care’s National RAAC Replacement scheme, and work to replace the roof has been underway for some time.”