Is there any body there?
No, it's just a cover-up
A PATIENT at West Berkshire Community Hospital got a bit of a shock when she came across what appeared to be a dead body left unattended outside the MRI mobile scanning unit this week.
The woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, was on her way to an appointment on Monday morning when she came across what appeared to be a body, wrapped in covers on top of a gurney.
She told the Newbury Weekly News that when she first came across the apparent corpse, it “was horrible. It looked like a dead body. I can imagine it would be quite shocking if children were to walk past it.”
She said that the “body”, which she went on to photograph, had been left there for some weeks and speculated that it might have been a poor Hallowe’en trick.
In fact, the offending item was nothing more than covers over a patient gurney, forming the shape of a person.
A spokesperson from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust confirmed: “A patient trolley with waterproof coverings is kept outside the MRI Mobile Scanning Unit at West Berkshire Hospital.
“Unfortunately, owing to the lack of storage space on a mobile unit, the trolley must be kept outside in readiness for an emergency.
“However, we will now look for a transparent cover so that it is clear that there is nobody left on the trolley.
“We regret any distress caused and would like to add that staff at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust put the care, safety and dignity of our patients first.”