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Fly infestation hits hospital unit

9th November 2006

A hospital unit has been hit by an infestation of flies that could settle on patients, spilt blood and appliances.

But the NHS has said it is continuing to treat patients at the dialysis unit at St George's hospital in Tooting, south London.

The problem has been blamed on recent building works. Fumigation has been attempted but the flies continue to cause a problem.

The hospital has apologised to patients who were concerned about the flies, but said there was no risk of infection.

The Healthcare Commission has said the infestation may be a breach of the NHS hygiene code and inspectors could force the unit to close.

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