Thousands on pest control spent at Shannonside hospitals in last two years

Hospitals serving the Shannonside region have spent thousands of euro on pest control in the last two years.

Information revealed to Shannonside FM reveal that the largest spend at a facility was at Galway University hospital last year.

Pest control at hospitals can refer to incidents of rodents or insects such as wasps or ants.

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Hospital management are often involved in the detection of such incidents, with specialised companies often hired to monitor and resolve any pest issues identified.

The total cost of pest control at the Midlands Regional hospital in Mullingar in 2018 was €1980, and for the first eleven months of 2019 was €3,293.

The hospital also reported that no incidents in which rodent or pest control was required was reported between January and November last year.

At the Midlands Regional hospital in Tullamore, the total cost of pest control in 2018 was €5,287 and the total cost of pest control between January 1st and mid November 2019 was €5,527,

16 incidents requiring action were recorded in 2019 – including ants in a bedroom, and a rodent sighting in an x-ray room.

At Galway University Hospital, which include Merlin Park a total of over €17,000 was spent on pest control between January and November last year.

The figure for 2018 was €15,743.

The hospital claims it has a proactive pest control programme in place as part of ongoing maintenance and environmental hygiene

At Roscommon University hospital, over €8,000 was spent on pest control between January and November last year.

This was a significant increase on the cost of pest control in 2018 – where €1,186 was spent two years ago.

Internal treatment spray for silver fish in St Bridget’s ward took place in February , and silver fish treatment also took place in June in the nurses admin office

Figures were not available for Cavan or Sligo hospitals.