Royal Preston and Chorley Hospital given clean bill of health over waste disposal, after body parts build up elsewhere in the country

Waste disposal facilities at the trust which runs the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals have been given a clean bill of health after a spot check by the Environment Agency.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 5:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 11:23 am
The Environment Agency found no concerns after visiting Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

It emerged yesterday that a company which supplies waste services to 50 trusts across the country had been allowing body parts and hazardous waste to build up at five of its sites.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals was not one of the affected trusts - but it has today been visited by regulators to ensure compliance with its licence.

Storage facilities and licence conditions were checked and no issues were identified.

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