UHG forced to use mouse traps in lights

A screengrab from the viral video of a rodent in a light fitting in the hospital's Emergency Department.
A screengrab from the viral video of a rodent in a light fitting in the hospital's Emergency Department.

Mouse traps were set in light fittings in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway last Christmas, documents reveal.

A private pest control company, hired by the city hospital, also baited light fittings in the reception office of the Emergency Department, after reported sightings of rodents in ceiling lights between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in 2018.

Details of the callouts for rodents at the hospital last year, released to Galway City Tribune following a Freedom of Information request, corroborate a video doing the rounds on social media.

In January, a video emerged online, which showed a mouse or rat running around in a rectangular ceiling light at UHG’s ED.

The person who posted the video claimed their 83-years-old aunt had been on a chair or trolley for 10 hours in the ED. The poster thought initially their aunt was “hallucinating” when she saw the mouse in the light but added: “She wasn’t. Disgraceful conditions for staff and patients.”

There were several other callouts for pest control incidents at UHG last year.

Rats were sighted in the loading area of the basement of the hospital, and in the Eye Clinic, which was also treated for fleas.

A wasps’ nest was eliminated near the Paediatrics plant room, Silverfish were found in St Teresa’s Ward, and cockroaches were a recurring problem in the maintenance area of the hospital.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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