Hospital Infection leads to Deep Clean

12 June 2013

A deep clean is being carried out at the neonatal unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry after three babies were diagnosed with a bloodstream infection.

The Medical Director of the Western Trust has confirmed that since May 2013, three babies in the neo-natal unit in Altnagelvin Hospital have been diagnosed with a bloodstream infection known as ‘MSSA’ (Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus).

This infection occurs on the skin of adults and babies. Although it is carried by most people and does not cause any ill effects, there are a small number to whom it causes a potential risk.

The unit remains open but no transfers from other trusts are being accepted. The Western Health Trust has made no comment on the condition of the babies however the Medical Director has said that robust infection prevention and control measures have been put in place, including deep clean and decontamination process.

Infection cases are not straightforward and there can be difficulties in establishing liability on the part of the hospital. That said, if your baby has contracted MSSA or another serious infection while in hospital, you should contact a Solicitor to explore whether a claim is warranted.

Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in Medical negligence claims who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of these claims in Northern Ireland. Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (90434015), or Nikki McConnell in our Newtownards office (91811538) for advice and guidance on this process.

 

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