Dead rat found at QE2 Hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:35 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

A dead rat was found at the QE2 Hospital

A dead rat was found at the QE2 Hospital

A DEAD rat has been found at the QE2 Hospital. But bosses have moved to allay fears that the health of patients was put at risk. The Sun reported today that Andrew Cowper, a 19-year-old from WGC, refused to have knee surgery after being told about the rot

Nick Carver: Incident posed no risk

A DEAD rat has been found at the QE2 Hospital.

But bosses have moved to allay fears that the health of patients was put at risk.

The Sun reported today that Andrew Cowper, a 19-year-old from WGC, refused to have knee surgery after being told about the rotting rodent.

A spokesman for the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs the WGC hospital, confirmed the incident had happened on Monday.

He said: "Staff working in a specialist orthopaedic standalone wing were made aware of a dead rodent in the single storey unit's roof space.

"Although distant from the facility's operating theatres and posing no risk to patients or staff as confirmed by the trust's specialist infection control experts, a decision was taken to inform the two patients scheduled for surgery using the unit's theatres that afternoon.

"In Andrew Cowper's case, the issue was discussed with him in some detail by the clinical team caring for him.

"Based on these discussions, and despite being told that the trust's infection control experts had stated that Mr Cowper was not being exposed to an infection risk, he decided not to proceed with the operation."

Chief executive Nick Carver said such an incident was rare.

He said: "Every building in the country can, on occasion, have a problem like the one experienced at the QE2.

"Thankfully it is rare and we deal with it quickly to ensure that disruption to our patients and staff is kept to an absolute minimum.

"In this case, the incident was not within the theatre complex and was deemed by our infection control experts as posing no risk to Mr Cowper's health if he had chosen to go ahead with his surgery.

"Quite rightly, however, he was told about the situation and following discussion with his clinical team decided to postpone the surgery.

"That was his choice, which we respect.


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