Rats now gone, says hospital
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.”