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'Trapped cat' has patients in flap... ...BUT IT'S JUST VENTILATION NOISE SAY HOSPITAL.

Byline: OWEN HUGHES

PATIENTS feared a cat was stuck in a hospital ventilation system when they heard strange "miaowing" noises echoing around wards.

The unusual sounds emanating from ceilings sparked fears that a cat or kitten may have somehow got itself stuck in a shaft at Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor.

Hospital chiefs called in their estates office and workers went to investigate.

But instead of a jammed in moggy, they discovered that the problem was caused by a faulty fan in the system - which has now been fixed.

One patient who contacted the Daily Post, said: "The sound came and went for about a week "We told the hospital and were very worried that it was a cat or kitten stuck in the ventilation system.

"We were very concerned that the cat would remain in there and die of thirst and wanted the hospital to look into it.

"We are relieved that it turned out to be a mechanical problem rather than a cat."

A spokesman for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said the noise was first noted by a staff member but would have been audible to patients in a corridor area of the hospital.

He said: "I've been reassured that there is no way that a cat would be able to get into the system.

"Apparently the two occasions when the noise was heard tie into occasions when a fan in the system tripped out, so estates are certain that was the cause of the sound."

It is not the first time a meowing noise has caused a stir in recent weeks.

Back in December a major rescue operation was launched after it was feared a pregnant cat called Puss Puss was trapped in a clothes bin in Moelfre, Anglesey.

After the bin was finally prised open by specialist engineers the 'cat' turned out to be a squeaky toy.

Puss Puss was later found safe and well and has been rehomed.

owen.hughes@dailypost.co.uk

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Date:Jan 21, 2012
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