Almost 1,000 people have attended A&E at hospitals in Preston and Chorley with items lodged in parts of their bodies in the last year.
Figures released to the Evening Post under the Freedom of Information Act show that 531 people went to Royal Preston Hospital with foreign bodies stuck in them over the past 12 months, and 457 people attended Chorley and South Ribble Hospital over the same period of time.
More than 400 people attended with objects lodged in their eyes and 246 people had items in their ears.
A further 48 people attended with foreign bodies lodged up their nose.
In total, six people attended with items stuck in their back or buttocks and nine people had items in their genitalia.
There were also several people turning up with items stuck in their hands, fingers, thumbs, feet and knees.
Other areas of the body where patients had ended up with items stuck include the throat, abdomen, elbow, face, head, knee and pelvis.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals was unable to reveal exactly what the items were, but their figures show almost half the incidents – 449 – involved youngsters aged 10 or under.
More than 350 cases involved people in their 20s.
The oldest person admitted with a foreign object injury was 92.
Sean Hughes, clinical director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Whenever somebody comes to either of our hospitals with a suspected foreign body that needs removing, the patient is assessed and the foreign body is identified usually by direct examination. In most cases the foreign body can be removed safely but in some cases an alternative method of treatment is more appropriate.”
Earlier this year, the Evening Post reported that a piece of a drill, part of a tap, a piece of a blade and gold pins are among the items left inside people who had had surgery at hospitals in Central Lancashire in the past four years. Figures showed that, between 2009-10 and 2012-13, 18 patients woke up from the operating table at the Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District General with surgical items left behind.
Hospital bosses said said none of the patients were harmed in any way.