PICTURES: Queen Mary’s inspection uncovers “cockroach explosion”

PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:07 16 October 2013

Cockroach egg cases. Bexley Council

Cockroach egg cases. Bexley Council


An inspection found Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup was riddled with health risks, including cockroaches, piles of egg cases and rubbish strewn on the floor.

The Bexley Council inspection last November was damning of the state of cleanliness of the hospital.

It found that the hospital, at the time managed by the now-defunct South London Healthcare Trust, had a “cockroach population explosion” which had been missed by pest control teams.

It said: “The pest reports stated there was no pest activity. During the inspection all the monitor traps in the kitchen were found to contain cockroaches at various stages in their life cycles.

“There was a serious cockroach infestation that posed an imminent risk to health.”

Inspectors also found mousing droppings and cockroach egg shells.

The report said: “A thorough deep clean and disinfection is required.”

Since October 1 this year the hospital has been run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

The council has said the hospital has since been re-inspected and received a good hygiene rating.

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