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Serious concern at Pseudonomas outbreak at Royal - Gildernew

19 January, 2012 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin MLA, Michelle Gildernew, who is also the chair of the Health Committee has expressed serious concerns over the outbreak of Pseudomonas at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Neonatal Unit which is being linked to the tragic deaths of two babies.

Speaking today Ms Gildernew said:

“First and foremost I wish to send my sympathies to the families who have tragically lost their babies. There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a baby and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

“This outbreak is extremely concerning. It has obviously seen the tightening of access to the maternity ward and I will be seeking reassurances that all is being done to protect those in the ward, especially any infirm babies who are more susceptible to this virus.

“We must now as a matter of urgency, investigate how this particular outbreak occurred, isolate the cause, and ensure that all measures are taken to stop any further spread of this disease or any further re-occurrence.

“In a new modern maternity unit there would not have be the level of exposure and this must be taken into consideration when looking at the maternity ward at the Royal Victoria Hospital and assessing this outbreak.”

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