Rats now gone, says hospi­tal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

Dis­carded food said to have at­tracted rats to hospi­tal grounds

WILLIAM Har­vey hospi­tal has given its as­sur­ance that it has got rid of rats spot­ted climb­ing trees in a pic­nic area.

Now, pa­tients and vis­i­tors at the hospi­tal have been urged to throw food away prop­erly af­ter this was found to have at­tracted the ver­min.

Head of soft fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment for East Kent Hos­pi­tals Trust, Frank McCarvill said: “We were alarmed to re­ceive re­ports of a fam­ily of rats climb­ing about in two trees.

“We no­ti­fied our pest con­trol con­trac­tors im­me­di­ately and they baited the area.

“Since then there have been no fur­ther sight­ings.

“They ad­vised us that the thick shrub­bery was hid­ing food that had been thrown into the bushes and that this waste had at­tracted the rats.”

The hospi­tal is ask­ing peo­ple to use the large bin at the seat­ing area at the back of the hospi­tal.

Der­rick Hollings­bee, 66, was visit­ing his wife last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon when he saw the rats.

He said: “Peo­ple were crowded round look­ing up this tree and when I looked there were at least eight up there.

“I like all wildlife but I was a bit con­cerned about them be­ing near the hospi­tal and the wa­ter sys­tem.”

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