Furness General Hospital – Systems Failure ?

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Mr Macaulay, also known locally as Gerry, died on Friday afternoon, just hours after news emerged of the outbreak in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness. Four patients were today giving doctors “cause for concern” and a further 11 were receiving treatment in intensive care units across north west England. A total of 70 people were Read more…


Britons die after contracting Legionnaires’ disease in Spain

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Three British men have died and three more people are in hospital after contracting Legionnaires’ disease while on holiday in Spain. The pensioners died after staying at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca, Saga Holidays said. One died in hospital on Thursday. Another was found dead in a hotel room. Five others who recently Read more…


Probe as another patient contracts Legionnaire’s bug

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Health chiefs are investigating how a Basildon Hospital patient contracted Legionnaire’s disease. The patient has recovered from the potentially fatal form of pneumonia and a probe into how they picked up the bug is under way. Four people have died while suffering from Legionnaire’s at Basildon Hospital since 2002, and hospital bosses have been rapped Read more…


Pseudomonas found in another NI hospital

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The bug responsible for the deaths of four babies in Northern Ireland, pseudomonas, has been found in another of its hospitals. Separate outbreaks of the pseudomonas bacteria claimed the life of one infant in Alternagelvin in co Derry last month, plus three babies in the neonatal at Belfats’s Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in recent weekas. Read more…


Lanarkshire Health Board £24,000 fine for Legionnaires’ case

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A health board has been fined £24,000 after an “entirely avoidable” chain of events resulted in a hospital patient being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, the Crown Office has said. Lanarkshire Health Board admitted breaching health and safety legislation which meant a 64-year-old woman contracted the disease at Hartwoodhill hospital in November 2008. The health board Read more…


Bereaved family wants Pseudomonas inquiry

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The parents of a baby who died in hospital from the Pseudomonas bacterium have called for a public inquiry into the outbreak. Caoimhe Campbell and Gavin Burke’s son Caolan was 10 days old when he died in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. It happened in December, weeks before three babies died from a different strain of the Read more…


Neo-natal units to screen for pseudomonas bug

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Neo-natal units that have received babies from the Royal Maternity and Altnagelvin neo-natal units since 14 November 2011 have been advised to screen infants who are still in their care for Pseudomonas. The Public Health Agency (PHA) said it is possible that more babies could be found to have the infection. Three babies have died in Read more…


Second death linked to South Wales Legionnaires’ outbreak

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The death of a second person has been linked to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Wales. Health officials yesturday confirmed the death of a man, 70, on Wednesday following that of a woman, 64, on Monday.There are now 14 cases linked to the outbreak, with a further three possible cases under investigation. Factories along Read more…


Guernsey hotels urged to check for legionella bacteria

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Guernsey’s director of public health has urged hotels and businesses to check their water systems for legionella bacteria. On Saturday and Sunday, chlorinated water was flushed through water pipes in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, in a second and final stage of cleansing. This followed the detection, earlier this month, of higher than acceptable levels of Read more…