Exorcist Summoned after Staff Spooked at Derby Royal Hospital
Authorities of a British hospital are summoning an exorcist to drive away the ghost that is supposedly haunting their premises. Staff have reportedly seen a mysterious apparition in the building, "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."
Derby has a reputation for being a centre for supernatural activity, according to a recent investigation conducted by paranormal researcher Lionel Fanthorpe. The Supernatural Britain Report examined ghost sightings in 40 cities across the UK, and Derby came top of the list. His research uncovered 315 reports of ghosts and poltergeists in the city - an average of 14 sightings per 10,000 members of its population.
In an e-mail to staff, senior manager Debbie Butler reportedly wrote: “I’m not sure how many of you are aware that some members of staff have reported seeing a ghost. I’m taking it seriously as the last thing I want is staff feeling uneasy at work.”
The £334m hospital was erected on the site of the old Derby City General Hospital, which was itself built in the 1920s over the site of an ancient Roman road. That a ghost of a Roman centurion may be stealing quietly through the hospital has understandably unsettled staff.
Ms Butler added: “I don’t want to scare anyone more than necessary, but felt it was best I made you all aware of the situation and what we are doing about it.”
Managers deny an exorcism is to take place, although a chaplain is due to speak to the workers. See video at BBC.com.