UK bomb squad called to Gloucester hospital after man gets WWII anti-tank shell stuck up 'in his rectum'

The man is expected to make a full recovery.
The man is expected to make a full recovery. Photo credit: File

A bomb disposal squad was deployed to a British hospital after receiving reports that a man had an anti-tank shell lodged in his rectum, officials confirmed to local media.

A team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment attended the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester, a county town in South West England, after being notified by police "that a patient had presented with a munition in his rectum".

"We can confirm an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called out to Gloucestershire at the request of local police," Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed to local media.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: "We can confirm that the police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) attended Gloucestershire Royal Hospital [on December 2].

"As with any incident involving munitions, the relevant safety protocols were followed to ensure that there was no risk to patients, staff or visitors at any time."

It's understood the explosive was a shell measuring 57mm in diameter, according to Gloucestershire Live. The artillery shells were used in World War II as anti-tank rounds and later used by British tanks in North Africa.

The patient is a military enthusiast who reportedly "slipped" and landed on the piece of army ordnance, The Sun reports.

"The guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear-out of his stuff," a source told The Sun.

"He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it - and it went up his a***."

The patient has been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.