Northern Ireland

Babies moved as bats land in hospital neonatal unit

A bat

The neonatal unit at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen has been closed after the discovery of bats on the ward.

Bats are a protected species and the Western Health Trust has called in experts from the Environment Agency to oversee their removal and release.

In a statement the trust confirmed it was investigating how the bats got into the ward which has the capacity for six babies.

The unit has been relocated to a different part of the maternity wing.

It is hoped it will reopen in the next 24-48 hours.