Mice, ants and thread worms: pests found at the Royal Bolton Hospital

Mice, ants and thread worms: pests found at the Royal Bolton Hospital

Mice, ants and thread worms: pests found at the Royal Bolton Hospital

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PEST control inspectors were called to the Royal Bolton Hospital following reports of mice droppings in a linen room, ants in a kitchen and thread worms in a dishwashing area.

Each year, Bolton NHS Trust pays a pest control team £3,628 to keep problems at bay.

They were called to the hospital 17 times in 2009, 20 times in 2010, 20 times in 2011 and 31 times in 2012.

Hospital bosses and staff stress it is “inevitable” there would be some insects found on the site as it was surrounded by open land and that any possible sightings are dealt with “promptly”.

Last year, mice or mice droppings were spotted five times and pest controllers set traps in most cases.

In July, a dead rat was found and rat droppings were seen in the children’s outpatients area in April, 2012.

There were three sightings of ants last summer, in the renal dialysis unit kitchen, the ante-natal outreach area and in the Shawcross House kitchen.

On three occasions, wasps or bees were reported and a beekeeper was brought in last May to remove a swarm of bees.

There were also reports of little black flies in the telephone access centre, biting insects in E5 Ward, in the main theatre coffee room and in the accommodation unit block 2, and reports of biscuit beetles in the day-care unit kitchen.

Pest controllers put traps and bait down when staff reported a squirrel in the education centre roof space last October.

A live pigeon was removed from the coronary care external courtyard last September.

A trust spokesman said: “Any large public site and buildings are likely to have some level of problem with pests. We encourage our staff to report problems.”

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4:54pm Fri 12 Jul 13

buskersball says...

they pay a pest control team £3600 a year? thats £70 a week...what do they get for that, a guy with a fly swatter going round every other week??
they pay a pest control team £3600 a year? thats £70 a week...what do they get for that, a guy with a fly swatter going round every other week?? buskersball
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5:18pm Fri 12 Jul 13

BNP(British- National- PAK) says...

Shelters money now can be contributed, get the reputable pest control company who can safe guard and guarantee.
Shelters money now can be contributed, get the reputable pest control company who can safe guard and guarantee. BNP(British- National- PAK)
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9:58pm Fri 12 Jul 13

steverock6@sky.com says...

The hospital is becoming a joke the only answer seems to be keep employing another chief or manager and give the ones leaving a golden handshake for being incompetant they should be sacked without pay someone needs to go in and get a grip of it even the council leader got out of it!
The hospital is becoming a joke the only answer seems to be keep employing another chief or manager and give the ones leaving a golden handshake for being incompetant they should be sacked without pay someone needs to go in and get a grip of it even the council leader got out of it! steverock6@sky.com
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12:13pm Sat 13 Jul 13

boltonnut says...

steverock6@sky.com wrote:
The hospital is becoming a joke the only answer seems to be keep employing another chief or manager and give the ones leaving a golden handshake for being incompetant they should be sacked without pay someone needs to go in and get a grip of it even the council leader got out of it!
Steve,the B.N. calls these chiefs or managers TOP BOSSES.Over the last two years RBH has hired six TOP BOSSES, where are they now? I've applied for the TOP BOSS job At BRH,I have no experience whatsoever for the job so I think I stand a real good chance of getting it, after all the FAT MAN got the job so why not me,then you can have your turn.Put your application in now because I'll be resigning in five or six months to live off my golden handshake.Between the two of us we couldn't do much worse than our predicessors.See you in Florida Steve.
[quote][p][bold]steverock6@sky.com[/bold] wrote: The hospital is becoming a joke the only answer seems to be keep employing another chief or manager and give the ones leaving a golden handshake for being incompetant they should be sacked without pay someone needs to go in and get a grip of it even the council leader got out of it![/p][/quote]Steve,the B.N. calls these chiefs or managers TOP BOSSES.Over the last two years RBH has hired six TOP BOSSES, where are they now? I've applied for the TOP BOSS job At BRH,I have no experience whatsoever for the job so I think I stand a real good chance of getting it, after all the FAT MAN got the job so why not me,then you can have your turn.Put your application in now because I'll be resigning in five or six months to live off my golden handshake.Between the two of us we couldn't do much worse than our predicessors.See you in Florida Steve. boltonnut
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3:30pm Sat 13 Jul 13

wassupp says...

Remember the time when you could walk into a hospital blindfolded and you knew where you were by the clean, fresh 'hospital smell'?
That's back in the days when hospital were actually disinfected - these days all you see is cleaners sweeping the floor.
The place is like a petri dish. If more was spent on proper disinfection I believe more patients would come back out of hospital alive.
In the end it all comes down to money.
Remember the time when you could walk into a hospital blindfolded and you knew where you were by the clean, fresh 'hospital smell'? That's back in the days when hospital were actually disinfected - these days all you see is cleaners sweeping the floor. The place is like a petri dish. If more was spent on proper disinfection I believe more patients would come back out of hospital alive. In the end it all comes down to money. wassupp
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8:00am Sun 14 Jul 13

Gore Seer says...

My Mum Would Not Go In Hospital,She Was Covinced She Would Come Out Dead,I Had Real Trouble Getting Her To Hospital.
My Mum Would Not Go In Hospital,She Was Covinced She Would Come Out Dead,I Had Real Trouble Getting Her To Hospital. Gore Seer
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