News

31.01.19

Investigation into Glasgow hospital after two newborns die from infection outbreak

Two premature babies have died in a Glasgow hospital after contracting a blood stream infection and a third is in stable condition following an outbreak – the third infection-control crisis to hit the city’s hospitals in two weeks.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) has launched an investigation into the outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus in the neonatal unit at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

The trust said that two of the babies “were extremely poorly due to their very early birth” and had sadly passed away. The infection was “one of a number of contributing causes in both deaths” according to the health body.

The third premature baby who tested positive for the blood stream infection required treatment but is currently in a stable condition. An incident management team has been set up to investigate the infection.

Infection control doctor Barbara Weinhardt said: “Our thoughts are with the families affected.

“Results have today confirmed that the three cases of Staphylococcus aureus are linked and our investigations continue into how they are linked.”

She explained that the bacterium is found on the skin and in the nasal passage of around one in four people, but only causes infection when it enters the body, causing serious infection to particularly vulnerable people.

“We have taken a number of control measures in the unit, including a deep clean, isolation and barrier nursing, safety briefs to all staff, and infection control advice to all visitors.”

Alan Mathers, chief of medicine, women’s and children’s services, explained that following national guidance, an investigation had been launched as more than two cases of the same type of bacteria have been found.

He added that as the hospital’s infection control team continues to work to manage the situation, all necessary steps had been taken to ensure patient safety and the trust has spoken to staff and the parents.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the Scottish health minister had been in regular contact with the trust’s health board and said that Health Protection Scotland was supporting the trust.

Scottish shadow health secretary Miles Briggs called it a “desperately tragic story” and said serious questions would now be asked about infection controls in hospitals and the SNPs grip on the situation.

Just last week, Jeane Freeman announced a review was to be held into Glasgow’s flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital following the outbreak on another infection, this time linked to pigeon droppings.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental ... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >

editor's comment

26/06/2020Adapting and Innovating

Matt Roberts, National Health Executive Editorial Lead. NHE May/June 2020 Edition We’ve been through so much as a health sector and a society in recent months with coronavirus and nothing can take away from the loss and difficulties that we’ve faced but it vital we also don’t disregard the amazing efforts we’ve witnessed. Staff have gone above and beyond, whole hospitals and trusts have flexed virtually at will to meet demand and pressures and we’ve... read more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us throu more > more last word articles >

interviews

Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

NHS at 72: Managing mental health services going forward

03/07/2020NHS at 72: Managing mental health services going forward

Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on the amazing achievements of our health system over the past few ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar

back

July 2020

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9

featured articles

View all News