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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 November 2005, 11:37 GMT
Hospital cleaned after bug found
Operations should resume by the middle of the week at a heart and lung centre affected by the deadly ESBL Escherichia coli bug, the hospital has said.

The procedures were suspended after five patients at the cardiac intensive care unit at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital were found to have the bug.

Chief executive David Loughton said the unit will be thoroughly deep cleaned.

ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase) can make the E. coli bug resistant to antibiotics such as penicillin.

It can be spread between patients.

Mr Loughton said on Friday: "Probably by the middle of next week we should be able to receive normal heart surgery.

"There is a handout we've got explaining the precautions that we take, so we've reassured people.

"We've got a system in place as far as relatives are concerned (where) we give them protective clothing and hand gel to use."

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