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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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2 Comments for “Southern Trust respond to tap concern from Newry Times reader”

  1. Annomymous

    In reply to John cunninghams letter I’d like to say 3things…. No 1) Theses taps from the picture in the article do not exist as in the special care baby unit they have sensored taps that do not have limescale or handles to turn it on, No2) In the Special care baby unit as this man is only a friend of the mother he would not have been allowed in due to their visiting policy of only parents n grandparents and No3)By the “Natal” unit he refers to does not exist as it is called the “Special care baby unit” …. Would just like to say this man needs to be careful and ensure he gets his facts right before making such a claim… This is obviously a picture from another ward…..

    • Mary Jones

      I dont think this man in his article mentioned that the photos were taken in the special care unit and Anomymous should not be making excuses for the filth in Daisy Hill except that maybe amonmyous works in the hospital, as they have a technical knowledge and is afraid to publish thier name. If you read the reply from Daisy Hill they admit there are taps with hard water scale and it is a well known that this type of scale would harbour germs. He does indicate it was taken in a room where there was a new born child. Whats so complicated about cleaning a tap and Mr or Mrs Annomymous dont hide behind this name.

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