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MRSA-infected baby unit reopens

Royal Blackburn Hospital (Pic from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust)
Six babies tested positive for a strain of MRSA

A hospital that closed its neo-natal unit after six babies tested positive for a strain of MRSA has reopened to new routine admissions.

The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said the unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital was closed to reduce the risk of spread of infection.

The MRSA bug was first identified in mid-September, but the closure was only made public in October.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed proper procedures had been followed.

Those treated for the Panton-Valentine Leukocidin bug were kept in separate areas.

'No risk'

Lynn Wissett, clinical care and governance director, said the hospital had correctly followed infection control procedures as verified by the Health Protection Agency.

"We have always been absolutely clear that the unit would not accept any new babies until our clinicians were satisfied there was no risk to babies and their families," she said.

"I am pleased to confirm that this is now the case and the unit is now open to both planned and emergency admission of babies born at the Royal Blackburn Hospital."

She added staff, patients and visitors would be reminded of the importance of hand washing to limit any spread of infection.


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