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‘Human excrement’ found in staff lockers and on the ceiling at children’s hospital as police launch investigation


Children’s Hospital staff have been left horrified after ‘human excrement’ has been found ‘smeared’ across male staff toilets and changing rooms, ‘hidden in staff lockers’ and even ‘hidden in the ceilings’, sources claim.

‘Human faeces’ have been repeatedly found strewn across and hidden around the male staff changing rooms and toilets for the hospital’s operating theatre department, according to multiple internal incident reports filed by staff. 

The Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) has seen several internal incident reports lodged on separate occasions over the last 12 months, ranging from February 2023 to as recent as the beginning of this month at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

One incident report claimed: ‘I came into work this morning and went to get changed in the male changing room. 

‘I noticed a horrible poo smell coming from the locker next to mine, I looked and found a fresh poo in the top locker underneath a scrub top. I went and got some gloves and removed the filth and cleaned the locker.’

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital have been left horrified

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have been left horrified

Another alleged: ‘Two lockers in the male changing room had old and fresh excrement on them.’ 

A third report read: ‘Past year someone has been leaving faecal matter in towels in lockers in the male changing rooms. Incidents have been logged 12 times.’

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has also confirmed that it has received reports about these incidents. Excrement has been left ‘smeared all down the toilet’, another internal incident report claimed, saying: ‘It looked like it had been deliberately done by hand.’

One distressing report, seen by the M.E.N., explained staff fury about the repeated fouling of the staff changing rooms and toilets in the children’s operating theatre department. 

It said: ‘Once again this is yet another report (x5 at least) of the state of the men’s toilets.

‘Someone has left a horrible mess in the third toilet and it has been there since TUESDAY!!!!!! [sic] and it is now Thursday that I am writing this report. 

‘Myself and my fellow colleague have done more than our fair share of cleaning mess like this up over the past few weeks/months not, plus checking lockers for mess, so it proves that if either of us don’t take it upon ourselves to clean this mess up it will just be left like it has been in this case.’

One source told the M.E.N. how they feared the excrement was ‘being brought into the changing rooms in sample pots and jars’, saying: ‘It’s been put in the towels in the men’s changing rooms in the children’s theatre department.

‘Our surgeons and anaesthetists have to take showers before they go into theatre, and someone found that excrement had been put in the towels.’

‘The faeces had been put in the ceiling and it fell on the matron,’ claimed a source.

‘It’s been going on for a while now and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Staff have been told not to go to the police by management.

‘It’s disgusting. We’re working with someone who is doing this and has access to children, medication, and sterile areas.

‘The men’s toilets have been locked now, but there’s 101 staff in the department, so roughly half of those now only have two toilets to use. 

‘The changing rooms and toilets are in the same space, but it’s only the toilets that have been locked.

‘The lockers and showers are still open, that doesn’t make sense to us.’

GMP has confirmed it has received reports relating to these incidents, saying that there was an ‘initial investigation over Christmas’ which was then closed ‘pending any further information coming to light’.

The M.E.N. put these claims, and the allegations made in the internal incident reports and to Greater Manchester Police, to the trust which operates the hospital. 

The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust building at Trafford General Hospital in Manchester

The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust building at Trafford General Hospital in Manchester

A spokesperson for the trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The trust does not provide comment on security issues.’

But sources say not enough is being done by management to crack down on the culprit.

Responses within the various reports claim that the male changing rooms have been ‘monitored’ and that ‘all appropriate action had been taken’ in the wake of the horrifying findings, with one report from the end of 2023 mentioning that work was being carried out to fix the ‘electronic badge swipe card and camera’ on the corridor facing the male changing room ‘for monitoring purpose’.

Other responses within the reports, seen by the M.E.N., say that incidents have been ‘investigated further’ by theatre management and ‘escalated to higher management’.

‘They just need to do something about it. Instead of solving the problem, they’re trying to hide the problem,’ added a frustrated source.



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