NC Hospital Shuttered While Bat Colony Removed

A Rockingham hospital has temporarily closed its doors until a colony of bats can be removed.

Officials with FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital said Saturday that no new patients would be accepted and existing patients had been moved out for the time being.

The hospital has been working with a professional bat removal service to expel the bats, which have been living in the walls. Hospital employees called county officials about the problem on Friday, and teams inspected air handling units, patient rooms, common areas and ceiling tiles, among other areas.

Richmond County health inspectors say there is no evidence of bat droppings inside the hospital, and there should be no lingering risks to patients or employees.

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  • by NChillbilly on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    Vampire bats looking for the blood bank?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 20, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    As a native of that area, I can vouch for bats having always been a regular pest around there. It's the same with squirrels and wasps too. If they find a way to enter an attic/wall, they'll do it before you know it. Another reason for good home maintenance.
  • by Pet Detective on Feb 20, 2012 at 02:38 AM
    mmm,Bat droppings.
  • by Dick Grayson on Feb 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM
    Did they find any Robins among those bats?
    • reply
      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 20, 2012 at 05:02 AM in reply to Dick Grayson
      That was a good 'funny'. :P
  • by Barnabas Collins Location: Collinwood on Feb 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    Isn't that a picture of a Vampire bat? I don't think we have those in NC (other than Beaufort County, of course)
    • reply
      by Ya know... on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to Barnabas Collins
      I think you're right.

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