Pseudomonas found at new hospital

Published Thursday, 25 April 2013
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Pseudomonas has been found in water dispensers at the new South West Acute Hospital in Co Fermanagh.

Pseudomonas found at new hospital
The state-of-the-art hospital opened in 2012. (© UTV)

All water dispensers at the facility were taken out of action last Friday after the bug was discovered during routine water testing.

A spokesperson for the Western Health and Social Care Trust said they will not be put back in use until a full review is complete.

"Water dispensers are located within ward pantries, patient sitting and visitor waiting areas of the South West Acute Hospital," the trust said.

"As part of Northern Ireland Health Group's routine water testing, they have identified some dispensers where pseudomonas has been detected."

The trust said the discovery is isolated to the water dispensers themselves.

It continued: "The public can be assured that this is not an issue with the water quality of the main water supply at the hospital but is an isolated issue with the water dispensers themselves and has had no impact on patient care."

Four babies died from pseudomonas in NI hospitals in December 2011 and January 2012.

The first death happened at Altnagelvin Hospital in Co Londonderry then three more babies died from a different strain at Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Unit the following month.

Police launched an investigation into the deaths.

The state-of-the-art new South West Acute Hospital replaced the Erne Hospital when it opened in Enniskillen in June 2012.

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HAPPY FACE in Belfast wrote (544 days ago):
PSEUDOMONAS SCARE IN ANOTHER HOSPITAL. ALL THE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO REMOVE WATER TAPS ETC. BUT HAS ANYONE EVER THOUGHT OUT SIDE THE BOX. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS BACTERIA CAN BE FOUND IN SOIL/ON PETS/HOUSE PLANTS SO IF THE TAPS COME BACK CLEAR, MAYBE A GOOD IDEA TO EDUCATE STAFF TO THESE DANGERS,OR THIS BACTERIA CAN BE PASSED FROM HUMANS ONTO THE ACTUAL WATER TAPS. I KNOW A FEW DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD WOUNDS WITH THIS BACTERIA IN THEM. VIA DOGS/CATS/GARDEN SOIL/HOUSE PLANTS. HAND HYGINE MUST NOT BE OVER LOOKED WHEN THESE BREAKOUTS OCCUR. AS A NURSE I HAVE WORKED WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO OPENLY ADDMITTED THAY HAD BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ONE OF THE ABOVE AND THEN TOUCHED THEIR WOUNDS.
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