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Operations cancelled at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after pigeon droppings fell into sterile storage room
Operations cancelled at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after pigeon droppings fell into sterile storage room

Several planned operations at West Suffolk Hospital were cancelled after pigeon droppings fell into the sterile storage room.

Over the weekend, staff at Bury St Edmunds Hospital discovered pigeons in the attic above the ceiling of the sterile storage room.

Some of the feces have fallen through the cracks in the ceiling tiles and the sterilization team is in the process of re-sterilizing all equipment in the room, which will then undergo a thorough cleaning.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Image: Phil Fuller

A spokesman for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said some of the operations planned for today had been postponed to allow remaining sterile equipment to be used as a priority for emergency patients.

Due to this problem, an operation was also cancelled over the weekend without causing any medical harm to the person concerned.

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They said: “At no time did the birds enter the sterile storage room or any of our operating rooms.

“As soon as the staff realized what had happened, the room was closed.

“Pest control was called and the area through which the birds entered the roof space was cordoned off to prevent it from happening again.

“Patients whose treatments have been postponed due to this incident will be given new appointments as soon as possible.”

By Isla