Tuesday 28 June 2011

Infestation of flies forces closure of Belford theatre

THE operating theatre at the Belford Hospital in Fort William has been closed temporarily following an infestation of flies in the adjoining rooms, NHS Highland announced.

Pest control experts have been called in and, due to the chemicals being used in the area, it has been agreed that the safest thing to do is close the theatres until the issue has been resolved.

The pest control work is expected to last for at least one week.

An NHS Highland spokeswoman said the source of the infestation has not yet been identified but is being "investigated thoroughly".

Patients requiring minor surgery under local anaesthetic can still be treated in Fort William but arrangements have been made to treat patients requiring more major surgery and those in need of observation before their procedure in another hospital within Highland, either Raigmore Hospital in Inverness or the Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban.

Gill McVicar, general manager for the Mid Highland Community Health Partnership, was keen to stress the move is a temporary measure and that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

She said: "Following a report by pest control and following advice from our clinical experts, it has been agreed that temporary closure of the facility to allow action to be taken is in the best interests of everyone involved."

"The work being done by pest control will take at least a week and, while we always try to keep any disruption to our patients at a minimum, it is necessary that we have these temporary measures in place."

"The situation is being closely monitored."

Mrs McVicar added: "Patient safety is of the utmost priority to us and while it is certainly not ideal to have patients having their operations elsewhere it is the safest decision given the circumstances, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Source: Highland News


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