British NHS hospitals have frequent pest infestations, including bed bugs

by nobugsonme on August 5, 2008 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, pest control, united kingdom

Two articles today, from the BBC and the Telegraph, report British National Health Service facilities are battling lots of vermin, including bed bugs.

The Telegraph reports that 127 of 171 hospital trusts responded to a survey, and 100 had kept detailed information on the types of infestations:

Of the trusts that collected detailed information 80 per cent had problems with ants, 66 per cent had rats, 77 per cent had mice, 59 per cent had problems with cockroaches, 65 per cent had biting insects or fleas, 24 per cent had problems with bed bugs and 6 per cent had maggots.

It goes without saying that mice, rats, fleas, flies and cockroaches constitute a definite hygiene and health issue.

But which of these pests can cause itchy bites which may become infected, and can also hitchhike a ride home and cause months and months of misery, the loss of possessions, time, sleep and money?

That’s right: bed bugs.

Bed bugs in hospitals are not exclusively an NHS problem; I don’t doubt for a minute that bed bugs are appearing in hospitals everywhere. (Lest the Conservative politicians who requested this data try and argue the private sector would provide bed bug-free hospitals.)

Just like hotels, hospitals are going to get bed bugs. They come with the people. But the key is: how quickly do they detect them, and how aggressively do they eliminate them?

The information was obtained by the Freedom of Information Act, and it’s a reminder that just because we don’t usually hear in the media that our local hospital has bed bugs, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t.

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1 parakeets August 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

Yes, bedbugs are in hospitals. At the First International Bedbug Symposium in Herndon VA they reported that they even found bedbugs in a transplant unit of a hospital, where the highest standards of cleanliness and care regarding what is brought in to the unit have to be kept.

2 kasey September 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm

THATS SICKNING. absolutly sickning. I dont care how pathetic USA can be (government darlings and idiots)………………….
rarely would you see a hospital that’s not darn near SPOTLESS. CHANGED SHEETS DAILY AND IF YOU WISH A ANOTHER BLANKET (FRESHLY WASHED ITS THERE)BUT THEY HIRE ALL YEAR PEOPLE WHO CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN……THANKFULLY

3 nobugsonme September 18, 2008 at 12:45 am

kasey,

There’s no reason to believe bed bugs aren’t a problem in US hospitals too. I don’t think US hospitals have released any _studies_ of the problem, and in this sense, the Brits are ahead of the game, having identified the problem.

Changing sheets isn’t enough to keep bed bugs away. Anyone can bring them into a hospital any time.

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