Hospitals call out pest control up to 10 times A WEEK
RATS AND COCKROACHES CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS
PEST exterminators are having to be called out to North Wales hospitals up to 10 times a week.
There have been 777 call outs to sites run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since January two years ago.
And they’ve been dealing with everything from rats to maggots, biting insects and cockroaches.
Pests can be a particular problem in hospitals, carry disease and can damage the equipment, however, BCUHB insist the situation is under control and isn’t anything for patients to worry about.
Rod Taylor, director of estates and facilities said: “We have appropriate contracts in place to deal with the eradication of any pests.
“Our figures are very similar to other health boards. Due to the rurality of many of our sites there will always be a need for some level of pest control.”
The types of pest reported by the health board include: ants, wasps, bees, rats, mice, flies, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish, maggots, beetles, biting insects and birds.
Pests that present the highest health risks are:
– spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They carry bacteria such as E-coli and Salmonella. They’re also responsible for increasing the severity of asthma and indoor allergy symptoms, especially in children and the elderly.
– can contaminate food and surfaces and spread more than a dozen disease pathogens, including salmonella and streptococcus.
– can contaminate any and all food and food preparation surfaces and chew through electrical wiring, causing risk of fire.
– can carry more than 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales confirmed that the amount of pest control call-outs made by BCUHB wouldn’t impact on their reports, so long as the correct infection and prevention controls were in place.
A spokesman for Healthcare Inspectorate Wales said: “We don’t specifically look at pest control, we look at the environment and infection and prevention control.
“If something was obvious in terms of rat droppings, for example, then we would look into that further. But if something wasn’t obvious then we wouldn’t explore it.
“If we did see did see obvious signs, then we would escalate that to the health board immediately and expect them to get that sorted straight away.”
Pest control are being called out to North Wales hospitals up to 10 times a week to deal with problems including rat infestations