Haunted Hospital Seek Help Of Exorcist
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".
Ms Butler sent the message after workers at the new £334million Royal Derby Hospital claimed they had seen a cloaked figure dressed in black roaming wards and corridors.
One said: "There have been dozens of sightings over recent weeks and people are scared witless. "Several have seen a male figure cloaked from head to toe in black darting between rooms and through walls – especially in departments near the morgue. "It's affected morale so much that bosses decided they had to act." Exorcisms in England must be pre-approved by a bishop.
A spokesman for the Bishop of Derby said: "Any case such as this is put to the Bishop. "He would seek proper advice before taking action." Experts said the spirit could be the ghost of a Roman soldier killed on the spot where the original hospital was built in the 1920s. Developers ignored protests and covered over part of one of Ancient Britain's main Roman roads.
Ian Wilce, of the Ghost-finder Paranormal Society, said: "There are lots of sightings on such sites." The hospital, still known as the City General, will be officially renamed as the Royal in coming months.A spokeswoman for Derby Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We take information from staff seriously and are working with the hospital chaplaincy to put people's minds at ease."