Youngsters bitten by bedbugs on bench at Outram Neighborhood Hospital, SingHealth apologises

Kids bitten by bedbugs on bench at Outram Community Hospital, SingHealth apologises

Health group SingHealth has issued an apology after a man’s children were bitten by bugs while sitting on a bench at Outram Community Hospital.

pounder Anonymous said the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Monday (December 26).

Anonymous shared a close-up video of the crawlies and can be heard saying, “Just to show they’re real bugs. See, see. Oh my god, it’s moving, it’s moving.”

Someone else can also be heard saying, “Oh my god… Seeing this makes me feel so itchy, leh.”

Anonymous told Stomp, “The bugs are between the gaps in the wooden bench. We discovered them after my kids were bitten.

“I informed a nurse who was at the turnstile and was told she already knew. And yet they did not inform the visitors.”

The Stomper, who also reported the matter to SingHealth, said he decided to highlight it online in case people unknowingly brought the bed bugs home.

He added: “Why I reported this is neither glory nor shame. However, hearing that the bed bug problem is not new, it is possible that the management is fighting more important battles like a medical staff crisis etc

“Bed bugs can be found anywhere given the right environment, but we need to discourage people from unknowingly bringing them home.”

In response to a stomp request, SingHealth’s Director of Group Operations, Mr. Dexter Chia, said: “We thank the reader for highlighting this and apologize for their bed bug encounter.

“Our pest technician is conducting a thorough inspection of all benches in the Outram Community Hospital Level 1 area in addition to our regular maintenance to resolve the issue.

“Meanwhile, our operations team have closed these benches and temporarily suspended their use to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and the public.”