PEST controllers have been called into King’s Mill Hospital after a rat was found in an operating theatre.
Hospital bosses confirmed that a rodent, which can spread salmonella and carry potentially fatal Weil’s disease, was spotted in a theatre causing several operations to be cancelled.
Karen Tomlinson, director of operations at King’s Mill Hospital, said: “We are proud of our services and the extremely high quality of care we offer to our patients, so we were extremely shocked to learn that there was evidence of a rodent having entered our operating department during the night, at a time when the area was not in use.
“As soon as we became aware of this fact the following morning, we immediately took steps to thoroughly clean the area and called in external pest control experts to eradicate the problem.
“Whilst this work was underway, it was therefore necessary to postpone a small number of operations and we have apologised to any patients affected for the inconvenience caused.”