NHS Lanarkshire confirmed that additional checks will be carried out at Hairmyres, Monklands and Wishaw General with “remedial actions” taken if necessary.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran said all hospital plant rooms were regularly checked for “potential threats.”

John Paterson, NHS Lanarkshire director of property and support services, said: “Planned preventative maintenance programmes are being reviewed and refreshed in light of emerging details from the recent incident at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“We are currently carrying out additional checks for the presence of pigeons and taking any necessary remedial actions if found or reported.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, which runs hospitals including Crosshouse in Kilmarnock, said: “NHS Ayrshire & Arran Estates Department regularly monitors the safety of the plant rooms at all of our major sites against all potential threats or defects, including access by vermin.

“ Should any infection control issues occur, we work closely with our Infection Control department to deal with them immediately.”


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