Chief medical officer urges more checks of water supply at hospitals such as Daisy Hill

Declan McAteer Posted by
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Friday, February 10th, 2012
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The Chief Medical Officer has written a letter to all of Northern Ireland’s health trusts asking them to check for Pseudomonas bacteria in their water supply following the discovery of the deadly infection at several of the countries neo-natal units.

The letter asks that areas such as intensive care units are paid particular attention to. The letter comes in response to the bacteria being found at three more hospitals this week, including Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

Taps in Daisy Hill have been changed and only sterile water is being used in the direct care of patients following the discovery. Speaking on the BBC’s Nolan Programme, the assistant director at the Public Health Agency, Dr Lorraine Doherty said, “Just yesterday (Thursday) the chief medical officer wrote to the service again on the water testing issue.”

She continued, “He has offered advice for the patients who are in those areas we talk about – the high dependency unit, intensive care, oncology units, burns units – in relation to risk assessing their own areas in relation to Pseudomonas.”

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