The bomb squad rushed to an A&E after a patient arrived with an artillery shell stuck in his behind.
Army explosives experts were dispatched after medics feared the anti-tank shell was about to explode.
The unnamed patient told doctors he “slipped and fell” on the 17cm by 6cm armour-piercing projectile taken from his private arsenal of military collectibles.
It was later identified as a World War II 57mm shell that was typically fired from six-pounder anti-tank guns.
A source told The Sun: “The guy said he found the shell while he was emptying his stuff.
“He said he put it on the floor and then he slipped and fell on it – and it made his ass go up.
“He was in a lot of pain. I think he collected military memorabilia.
Police said they responded to “a report that a patient presented with ammunition in his rectum”.
A spokesperson added: ‘The item had been removed before police arrived and the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was contacted.’
Troops from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment rushed to the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital in Gloucester.
A defense source said: “It was a solid shot. It was a large, sharp piece of lead designed to rip through tank armor.
“It was basically an inert piece of metal, so there was no risk to life – at least not to anyone else.”
Sun doctor Carol Cooper said the patient could have died if the bullet had punctured his intestine.
She added: ‘The range of objects that are pushed into rectums is amazing, from wine glasses to ketchup bottles and parts of vacuum cleaners.
“Unfortunately it’s a daily occurrence in A&E – but I’ve never heard of the bomb squad being called in before.”
A hospital spokesperson said yesterday: “As with any incident involving munitions, relevant safety protocols were followed to ensure there was no risk to patients, staff or visitors at any time.”
The Ministry of Defense said: ‘We can confirm that an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been called to Gloucestershire at the request of local police.
The sheepish patient has reportedly been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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