Southern Trust respond to tap concern from Newry Times reader
The following statement is in response to a letter sent to the editor entitled – ‘Local man speaks to Newry Times about hygiene in Daisy Hill Hospital‘
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has responded to the concerns of a Newry Times reader after he expressed his concern at the state of taps in Daisy Hill Hospital. Three days ago Newry Times reported in our ‘Letters to the Editor’ section that a local man, John Cunningham, was ‘disgusted’ at taps in the Natal Unit in the local hospital and sent pictures in which he claims were taken at the hospital.
A spokesperson for the Trust however, contacted Newry Times and spoke about the stringent measures currently in place to ensure the safety of everybody. The spokesperson said, “The Southern Trust has a range of robust infection prevention and control measures in place which ensures that infection rates in our hospitals are amongst the lowest in the UK. Daisy Hill Hospital has an intensive cleaning routine and has been commended in its most recent hygiene inspections.”
The spokesperson continued, “Despite having a rigorous cleaning regime, lime scale will develop over time around taps and we have an ongoing descaling and tap replacement programme to deal with this. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure parents that there have been no babies in Daisy Hill’s Special Care Baby Unit with Pseudomonas infection and none currently with the bacteria on their skin. The service is operating as normal and we are continuing to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all babies.”
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