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Posted by abeodbart January 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

HOSPITAL managers have called in an exorcist after shaken workers complained they are being terrified by a GHOST. Spooked staff at Derby’s new Royal Hospital claimed a black-clad figure wearing a cloak was stalking wards and corridors. Now chiefs at the £334million NHS site are to summon a local priest to see off the “spirit”.

The Sun (Thanks Craig)

January 30, 2009 at 10:22 am
Sara says:

Good to hear our governments taxpayers money, isn’t going to waste then!

January 30, 2009 at 10:31 am
Siobhan says:

Sometimes you just have to shake your head and sigh…

That said, I moved into an old victorian terrace house last year and really, really wanted it to be haunted (figured I could get the landlord to reduce the rent if it was)… sadly dissappointed (but I do think we have mice… perhaps even the ghosts of mice…)

January 30, 2009 at 10:43 am
GrumpyPants says:

I don’t think I’d simply write this off as a bad spending of taxpayers hard-earned money.

Although I don’t know the going rate for exorcism of hospitals these days, I still think that if you do a detailed cost-benefit analysis you’ll find out that it may be the cheapest “fix” available.

Ie. vs. vs. vs. etc….

The long term effect of simply choosing the quickest fix that comes to mind to solve such a problem however might be debated.

January 30, 2009 at 10:44 am
GrumpyPants says:

Aaand it decided to edit out half my comment … ah, such is life.

Note to future self – this is not a plaintext editor.


January 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

The very definition of *facepalm*.

January 30, 2009 at 11:35 am
Sara says:

At least the ghost doesn’t need to worry about MSRA!

January 30, 2009 at 11:36 am
Ian says:

They shouldn’t have had the place exorcised – it was keeping the patients spirits up (boom f*****g boom)!!!

January 30, 2009 at 11:48 am
Sara says:

Ian: Clap… Clap… Clap…Standing ovation. I love that, very funny!

January 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Maura says:

I don’t think Superman would ever do anything to terrify the hospital staff. Was the figure wearing a deep v-neck? I’m thikning it might have been General Zod.

January 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Kirsty says:

Surely the staff who reported it are having a laugh.

January 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

This is from The Sun. The Sun consists almost entirely of lies and semi-naked women. There are no semi-naked women in this story. Therefore, I wouldn’t get too concerned over taxpayer money.

January 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Amanda says:

…and why a priest? are we in the dark ages?

(go for it ghostie!)

January 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

The picture accompanying the Guardian’s coverage of this story is worth a look. They’ve managed to capture the ghost in the act..

January 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Siobhan says:

It is funny, but at the same time very disturbing that this kind of thing is given credence, especially in a hospital. In theory putting people’s minds at ease seems like an okay reason to have this exorcism… but imagine if we strated having publicly sponsered rain dances everytime there was a water shortage!

I would say the time has long since come where people need to be told to ‘cop-on’ as it were…

(cop-on is an Irishism for get some common sense)

January 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:
This is kind of ambiguous. The hosital is claiming they actually asked the chaplaincy to “talk to the staff.” There’s really no big deal about that, that is why they HAVE a chaplaincy, yes? On the other hand, the “leaked email” does say otherwise. If it’s even genuine.
Secondly, I know they put that big monetary sum in that article to imply that this is a huge waste of taxpayer cash, but if they ARE calling in some Catholic ghostbuster, do they even cost anything? Churches being so “charitable” and all, I can’t see it being more than maybe five quid and a cup of tea.
Thirdly, how many workplaces feature ghosts? There must be a hundred thousand million haunted hospitals in Britain. Well, maybe 20. The point is, a whole lot of workplaces including hospitals report spooky ghosts every day. This report doesn’t even include exploding lightbulbs or small dead Japanese girls crawling out of the TV. Why would this one report of some guy in a cape suddenly spark national news and actual religious exorcism attempts? Most people just open a ghost tour and add a few guys in costumes to make it interesting.
Not that it isn’t a good news story. As someone who is extremely cautious about ghosts, priests AND hospitals, I enjoyed it. I’m not complaining, just doubting it’s much more than newspaper hype.

January 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm
Rykan says:

If it were in black, surely it would be Batman…?

January 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Sarah says:

Gotta agree with ScreamingGreenConure.
What WON’T The Sun do to sell papers?

January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

“Gotta agree with ScreamingGreenConure.
What WON’T The Sun do to sell papers?”

Research, and balanced reporting.

January 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm
Nopke says:

They all want Derren to visit them ofcourse … and will even make up stories to make that happen …..

Somehow quite a lot of brits must have a love for this type of stories .. we never see those type of stories in any magazine or newspaper or such.

Don’t think it is true indeed, not the way they write about it. But there probably has been someone who believes it was there .. no reason for exorcism I’d say .. if there are ghosts there will be lots in and around hospitals ..

Someone apparently wanted it to become ‘de man met de zeis’ .. that person in black that comes to fetch you when it is your time .. you probably have an expression for that one as well … even if someone saw it, it’s psychoses .. made up by that persón’s brain.

Ghosts and the UK .. (they probably can’t swim, the ghosts and therefore were forced to stay in the UK .. hehehe ..). Good that you have the ghostbusters like Brown et al ….

January 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm
John Shepherd says:

I think that the ghostly figure was probably just a doctor or a nurse – rarities at hospitals these days.

January 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm
HCR says:

I used to work night shift in this department for the hospital. I spent MANY nights there and never saw anything.

Clearly I am not special enough. ;)

Old people did used to wonder the corridors at night though… I’d often come across one!!

January 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Expecto Patronuuum, expecto patr…“

Somehow, i think these Hospital managers´ are sooo bored, they are secretly watching Harry Potter all day in their offices instead of well, …running a hospital…and keeping everybody healthy, lol

January 31, 2009 at 1:37 am
Emily says:

Did they bother to check if all the patients were in bed? Maybe it’s someone pretending to be a ghost or Batman. :P

February 2, 2009 at 1:46 am
Ken says:

New Labour.
Tough on Ghosts…
Tough on the causes of Ghosts….

February 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Lyvvie says:

Thing that gets me is, what’s so scary about a ghost? All it’s doing is running about. It’s not touching people, it’s not breaking things, nnot stealing the medications or tampering with breathing apparatuses; it’s not doing anything really “scary” so what’s the big deal? Give it a name, and play flashlight tag with it – at least have fun with your local ghost, not scare it away with a Bishop. NHS staff have no sense of humor.


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