The Skin-crawling Pests Found Everywhere from Wards to Operating Theatres at Teesside Hospitals

Rats, maggots, cockroaches and a bug that nobody has been able to identify among the reasons pest controllers have been called.


The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough

Maggots, rats and cockroaches have been found crawling around James Cook University Hospital.

NHS bosses have been forced to call in exterminators more than 500 times since 2011 after pests and bugs were found at South Tees trust’s hospitals.

Filth-spreading rodents and insects have been found everywhere from wards to operating theatres - with mice even found in a baby delivery suite.

Figures obtained via the Freedom of Information Act shows that in the past five years, on average, pest controllers have been called to either James Cook or Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital twice a week.

The NHS trust, which operates the hospital, insists it always takes “rapid action” once pests are spotted.

While it didn’t comment on the number, it claimed infestations were inevitable.

Our exclusive data shows some of the skin-crawling reasons exterminators have been called.>

These include:

  • Maggots in James Cook’s spinal unit.
  • Flies found in James Cook’s operating theatre - as well as its morgue.
  • Cockroaches in its neurology unit, while there have been multiple rat sightings in and around the unit.
  • Silverfish, fleas and even a wasps’ nest has been found near toddlers in James Cook Hospital’s day nursery.
  • A bug that nobody has been able to identify in one of the theatres at James Cook, which of the trust’s two sites had the most pest control callouts.

In total, an external pest control company has been called 544 times since the start of 2011.

The pest problem peaked in 2014, when they were called out 146 time across the two sites.

Many of these jobs were for ants, although there were dozens of calls for rodents.

Among the other pests supposedly spotted on the site include woodlice, beetles, bedbugs, mites and even crickets.

The trust’s spent an extra £4,813 getting rid of the critters, although pest control costs are already covered by a unitary payment on some occasions.

In 2015, the number of pest control callouts fell for the first time since at least 2011, while there have been just 29 so far this year.

A South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “Inevitably on large hospital sites – like other public buildings - we do get incidents involving pests but have a strict pest control policy in place to safeguard staff, visitors and members of the public should anything be reported or observed.

“People should be assured we always take rapid action, followed through with surveillance – when required – to avoid such incidents and minimise risk.”


Source: GazetteLive



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