The hospital’s dermatology team has scooped a national prize for a potted history of the common bedbug.
Judges at the British Association of Dermatologists annual convention awarded first prize for The resurgence of Cimex lectularius: a slumberous fiend in its historical poster competition.
Bedbugs were first recorded by the Ancient Egyptians and have blazed an itchy trail through history ever since.
Dr Sacha Goolamali, one of the authors, said: “We deal with around 20 cases a year but were surprised just how resilient bed bugs are and how long they have been around.
“It was a fun project to do and a nice surprise for the department to win such a prestigious award.”
Various methods for tackling bedbugs through the ages include dousing beds in arsenic, fumigating buildings with sulphur and smothering bed pots in mercury chloride.
4 January 2016