Heanor Memorial Hospital could remain closed for a further six weeks while repairs are carried out to the boiler system.
All inpatients at the Ilkeston Road site were moved to nearby Ilkeston Community Hospital at the end of September after brown asbestos was found in the boiler room at Heanor Memorial Hospital. They were due to return on Tuesday, October 7.
However Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, which manages the site has announced that during the course of work to remove the asbestos it has uncovered further repairs required to the boiler control system and pipework.
Director of operations William Jones, said: “The repairs would not normally be too involved, but due to the ongoing contained asbestos it will need to be carried out under strict control and the supervision of a registered asbestos management company.
“We are also required to inform the Health and Safety Executive.”
The asbestos is said to be safely contained within the boiler room area and is not airborne.
The boiler works are expected to last six weeks during which time the ten inpatients will still be cared for at Ilkeston Community Hospital two miles away.
The blood clinic will also continue to run at Ilkeston.