‘Causing significant problems’: Pest control expert’s warning after major Melbourne hospital infested with rodents

‘Causing significant problems’: Pest control expert’s warning after major Melbourne hospital infested with rodents
  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2023

A pest control expert has issued a dire warning after revelations that a major Melbourne hospital has become infested with rodents.

The Herald Sun revealed, through Freedom of Information laws, the horrifying extent of the problem at the Alfred Hospital.

According to the tranche of internal documents, mice have been scampering through patient rooms and operating theatres.

It was also reported that faeces were found on beds and in common areas, with staff flagging the alarming incidents.

A pest control expert has issued a dire warning after revelations that a major Melbourne hospital has become infested with rodents. Picture: Getty

A pest control expert has issued a dire warning after revelations that a major Melbourne hospital has become infested with rodents. Picture: Getty

The logs, which range from 2020 to 2023, also revealed that external contractors failed to control the problem.

Wildpro Pest Control’s Alex Krstic told 3AW on Thursday that things can go “pear shaped really quickly”, given how quickly mice can breed.

“Any situation where you’ve got an area that’s nice and warm, that provides good shelter during the colder months whether there is a reliable food source is attractive to rodents,” he said.

“And they need to be monitored and it needs to be subjected to the integrated control program, you need to keep an eye on things.

“Things can go pear shaped really quickly. These things breed at an alarming rate.”

Mr Krstic said there is no “one-shot killer punch” to control the situation, again warning of the consequences of not bringing the situation under control.

“They are definitely capable of causing significant problems,” he said.

“As far as spreading a disease, gnawing behaviour causes issue with electrical wiring, damage to property. There’s a fair bit of downside to them.”

The Herald Sun also reported that the Caulfield Hospital and the Sandringham Hospital, both owned by Alfred Health, have faced similar dramas.

The concerns facing the hospitals have been narrowed down to a “lack of general housekeeping and rubbish collection”.

Funding for The Alfred Hospital, located in Prahran, has also been a major concern in recent years.

Ahead of the last state election, the Coalition vowed to spend $2.4 billion to upgrade the facility, by shelving one of the government’s major infrastructures projects.

The Opposition claimed it would redirect the money from the government’s $35 billion Cheltenham to Box Hill rail line project to fund the upgrade.

The revamp would have included a new ‘St Kilda Wing’ with modernised theatre suites, an expansion of ICU and an updated emergency trauma department and mental health unit.

Then-leader Matthew Guy intended to make The Alfred Hospital “a world class, world leading hospital”.

Alfred Health is chaired by former Andrews government minister Martin Foley on a salary that could be worth up to $133,000.

He was also appointed as chair of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co), which could attract a salary of up to $150,000.

SOURCE: SKYNEWS

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