Six dead rats found in coffee shop of Irish hospital

Our Lady's Hospital Navan
Our Lady's Hospital Navan

A Hospital coffee shop was temporarily shut down by inspectors after a live rat dropped from a height onto the floor and six dead rodents were found on a sticky trap.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served a closure order on the privately operated CC's Coffee Dock at Our Lady's Hospital Navan, Co Meath, after detection of the rodent problem in April.

Now documents released by the FSAI detail how staff members found a dead rat in the dustbin on March 23.

Four days later, workers reported that a "live rat fell from top ledge of overhead extraction ducting onto floor of CC's Coffee Dock".

A statement by another unidentified person, also made on March 30, records a "number of dead rodents (5/6) found on (redacted) sticky trap".

The Coffee Dock was shut down on Monday, March 30, and the baiting and proofing of the premises was completed the same day.

The café remained closed until Saturday, April 4.

A HSE spokeswoman said: "Hospital Management are satisfied that the rodent issue in the Coffee Dock has been addressed. A revised contract has been implemented with the pest control contractors."

She said: "The Environmental Health Service will only consider lifting closure orders or other enforcement orders when they are fully satisfied that all risks to public health have been removed and remediated."

Irish Independent