Hospitals call in pest control 295 times in eight months

Figures show that environmental experts were asked to remove rats, mice, cockroaches and fleas at hospitals run by Pennine Acute Trust in the first eight months of this year.

Pest controllers were called to hospitals in North Manchester, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale 295 times in just eight months.

Figures show that environmental experts were asked to remove rats, mice, cockroaches and fleas at hospitals run by Pennine Acute Trust in the first eight months of this year.

There were 131 reports of pests at North Manchester General, 114 at the Royal Oldham, 37 at Bury’s Fairfield General and 13 at Rochdale Infirmary.

While most of the call-outs were to non-clinical areas such as offices, staff rooms, waiting areas and corridors, at least 26 were to areas where patients are cared for or treated, including wards and surgical areas.

At North Manchester, staff reported finding ants in an operating theatre and cockroaches and biting insects on wards.

At the Royal Oldham, ants were found on a side ward, silverfish spotted in a ward bathroom and cockroaches found in surgery recovery areas.

At Fairfield, there were ants in the ultrasound room and wasps on a ward, while at Rochdale Infirmary all call-outs were to non-clinical areas.

Twenty calls were to areas where food is prepared or served to the public. Staff reported seeing rats in kitchens, cockroaches at the Cafe Royal, in Oldham, and a rodent in The Christie cafe at the Royal Oldham.

The statistics were released to the M.E.N. following a freedom of information request.

Figures showed that in 2012, there were 417 reports of pests across the four hospitals – 196 at North Manchester, 155 at the Royal Oldham, 48 at Fairfield and 18 at Rochdale.

John Allwork, head of estate operations at Pennine Acute Trust, said: “The trust recognises its obligations to take necessary measures to prevent the risk of pest infestation and ensure good standards of pest control throughout all areas of the trust.

“In order to meet our obligations, we employ one of the UK’s largest independent pest controllers to provide a comprehensive proactive and reactive service. All staff are also encouraged to report pest sightings so they can be dealt with immediately.”

Courtesy of the Manchester Evening News

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